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What You Need to Know If You're Injured On Black Friday

Black Friday is one of the busiest times of year for stores because of the large deals often offered to consumers. Unfortunately, this also means that people come out in droves to enter the store the moment the doors open in order to ensure they are getting the savings. This often relates to chaos and the potential for serious injury. If you are injured on Black Friday, there are a few things you should know.

How Injuries Occur

When it comes to Black Friday injuries, most of the time they are caused by negligence on behalf of the retailer. Those offering the deal know the number of people they will have coming out to their store. This means their preparation must include safety measures. The most common causes of injuries on Black Friday include the following:

  • Insufficient security to prevent individuals from harming each other to obtain an item
  • Failure to properly stock items in a safe manner (e.g. large stacks of items that can fall)
  • Failure to properly clean broken glass or spilled liquids

Depending on the location, especially in colder climates, weather may play a factor if ice or slippery surfaces build up outside of the retailers and they fail to warn of the danger or take actions to fix the problem.

What to do to Avoid Injury

Before Black Friday is here, knowing what you can do to stay safe and avoid injury is important. Here are some tips to utilize:

  • If you notice aggressive behavior, don’t stay around to encounter it.
  • Only buy what you can carry and make sure you ask for help if you need it.
  • Keep watch of any potential dangers around the store such as spills or wobbly items.
  • Keep clear of the larger crowds.

Calling an Attorney

If you have sustained an injury, it’s important to get legal help as soon as possible. Shopping around the holidays can be hectic, but knowing what to avoid in order to stay safe is of the utmost importance. Having legal assistance means determining negligence and helping to hold the responsible party accountable.

Our team at Levine and Wiss is dedicated to the needs of our clients every step of the way. Our New York personal injury attorneys have the experience and knowledge necessary to seek the compensation our clients deserve when facing a serious legal matter.

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