We offer a congratulations to our readers who survived yet another annual Black Friday crush. It seems like the image of customers racing through a store entrance to be first in line for Black Friday deals is as common as the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain; and just as hazardous too.
Crazy Black Friday crowds can bring out the worst in people and lead to serious injuries. If this occurs, a customer could seek compensation from a retailer for their injuries.
Why is this? Essentially, a store owner owes a duty to patrons to provide a safe shopping environment. This means that they must take reasonable steps to make sure that the store is free from hazards that could put a customer at risk of being harmed by materials in the store (such as falling items, slippery floors) as well as other customers.
This is why you likely saw barricades that allowed an orderly entry for customers, longer and detailed checkout lines to handle extra customers, as well as added security to handle any problems. If a retailer failed to take these types of precautions, and a customer was injured in a store, the retailer could be held liable for the customer’s injuries.
When this occurs, an injured patron can seek compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages and even punitive damages, depending on the situation. If you have been injured and need more information about your rights and options, an experienced personal injury attorney can help.