Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping days of the year, but it’s also the most dangerous. Crowds of shoppers competing for deals, aggressive individuals starting fights, and even conflicts over parking spaces can result in serious injuries, leaving victims with massive medical expenses and unable to work for months at a time. If you’ve been hurt in a Black Friday incident through no fault of your own, you may need an injury lawyer to identify the liable parties and collect compensation for your losses.
Understanding Black Friday Injuries
What Are the Most Common Injuries?
Fights over parking spots and merchandise often result in bruises, cuts, and broken bones, although some shootings have been reported. Stampedes in some big-box stores can also cause major organ damage, broken ribs, and other injuries if you’re trapped beneath the crowd. In some cases, these dangerous situations can even be life-threatening.
Who Is Liable for Your Injuries?
If you’re attacked by someone else, you may file a civil action against the perpetrator, even if the prosecutor declines to press charges. In addition to recovering your financial losses, an injury lawyer can also help you achieve some measure of justice. Depending on the situation, you may also be able to sue the store itself if OSHA’s crowd control guidelines were ignored.
Staying Safe on Black Friday
Crowds on Black Friday can be especially volatile, with dangerous situations appearing with little notice. Pay attention to your surroundings and avoid areas that seem chaotic or frenzied. In the parking lot, be patient looking for a spot, and just leave if another shopper confronts you for taking a space they wanted. Finally, if it seems that employees are having difficulty containing a situation, it’s always safest to simply walk away.
If you’re injured in a Black Friday incident, the injury lawyers at Spencer Law Group will fight for your rights and work to ensure justice is done. They have over 20 years’ experience providing zealous representation to accident victims throughout central Kentucky with a practice built on exceptional service and 24/7 availability. Visit their website to find out how they can help or call (859) 252-4357 now to discuss your case with an accomplished injury lawyer.