Black Friday has become the biggest shopping day of the year. It occurs the day after Thanksgiving, and shoppers come out in droves to find the best deals, often for Christmas presents that will be given in the month of December. Even though Black Friday can be a lucrative event for store owners and shoppers who find incredible buys, it can also be dangerous. Since 2006, 89 people have reported being injured during a Black Friday sales event. Black Friday shopping can result in the following personal injuries:
Slip and Fall Injuries
Slip and fall injuries often occur due to floor hazards, such as slippery floors or raised areas of carpet. However, these accidents may also be due to poor lighting or issues with moving equipment, such as escalators.
During a busy shopping event, such as Black Friday, store owners should take additional precautions to ensure that hazards, such as wet floors, are labeled and easily identifiable. In addition, labeling should be placed within a reasonable time frame.
If you slip and fall and there is no warning of the pending hazard, the store may be liable for your injuries.
Injuries from Falling Objects
Sometimes, a person is injured from objects that fall or drop from high places in a store. On Black Friday, store inventory is usually quite high. Retailers expect a large number of shoppers, and they want merchandise available to move their accounting numbers into the black. Still, displays that are stacked too high or items that are out of a consumer's reach can fall and cause an injury, especially when multiple consumers are vying for the same merchandise.
Regardless of the type or original location of the sale object, the store is responsible for providing a safe shopping environment for its patrons.
The shopping carts provided by the store should be stable even when they are filled to the brim with sale items. If a shopping cart tips over and you are injured as a result, you may be eligible for compensation.
Several trampling incidents have been associated with Black Friday. Since 2006, 19 people have been injured and one person has been killed in Black Friday shopping stampedes.
Store owners must ensure that proper crowd control is in place during special sales events that could attract large numbers of shoppers at once.
If you are injured while shopping on Black Friday, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries. However, the store will usually only pay for damages that are caused by the negligence of its representatives. If you are injured, but no hazardous conditions existed or if the injury occurred in a location where customers are not permitted, you may be responsible for your own damages. To determine if you should pursue a case for your Black Friday injury, contact a personal injury lawyer in your area.