With another Black Friday right around the corner, early-bird shoppers will be lining up outside stores, eager to get their hands on the biggest bargains and best deals of the season. Anyone who's been shopping on the busiest day of the year knows that some shoppers can be cutthroat — ready to push, shove, and trample to get their hands on a good deal. While you might expect an altercation or two over the season’s most popular toy, serious injuries happen more often than you might think. Here’s what you should know about Black Friday injuries and how a personal injury attorney can help if you’re hurt in a shopping mishap.
What You Should Know About Black Friday Injuries
Who is Liable?
Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer when it comes to liability as every case is different and the factors involved vary from one injury to another. In general, stores are liable when a person is hurt by known, unsafe conditions on store premises. For instance, if a store doesn't practice adequate crowd control on Black Friday, they might be held responsible for any injuries incurred. A store has a duty to provide reasonable safeguards for all shoppers. This means keeping the floors free of hazards that could cause customers to slip or fall, training employees on crowd control, and keeping displays stacked safely.
What Evidence Do You Need?
Evidence is crucial in any personal injury claim. At the immediate scene of the accident, take photos of the damage and injury to ensure you have compelling visual evidence. Talk to witnesses and obtain their contact information in case they need to give testimony later. If the police are called to the scene of the accident, make sure to get a copy of the police report. Finally, visit a doctor for your injuries as soon as possible, and have copies of all medical records to submit with your claim.
How Can An Attorney Help?
If you do incur injuries, it’s worth discussing your case with a personal injury attorney. They will build a strong case that supports your claim — gathering crucial evidence, talking to witnesses, and reconstructing a timeline of the events as they occurred. If they can prove negligence, they can help you secure financial compensation for your losses, including lost wages, medical bills, and compensation for pain and suffering. Your personal injury attorney will also take care of all the paperwork associated with the case, so you can focus on healing.
If you or a loved one is seriously injured in a Black Friday accident, the personal injury attorneys at Wood & Rabil LLP Attorneys at Law can help. Their team has more than 80 years of combined experience representing Forsyth County, NC, in injury claims, estate administration and planning, and underage alcohol violations. Call (336) 722-5700 or visit their website to schedule a consultation with a member if today.