Black Friday Accidents


Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving, when stores big and small are open early with doorbuster sales. The sales event has become increasingly popular over the last few years.

With the rise in popularity, unfortunately there has also been a rise in Black Friday accidents. Most people have escaped with minor injuries, but the sale tradition has also led to a few deaths. Whether you were trampled by a crowd of people or hit by another shopper, learn what your rights are after a Black Friday injury.

Who is Liable?

Shopping malls and retail stores can get overly packed and chaotic. There are people crowding the doors, ready to grab their items and run to the register. Due to the black-friday-accidentlarge amount of shoppers and cramped stores, sustaining an injury is likely.

There have been a total of 7 deaths and around 100 reported injuries between 2006 to 2014. Incidents have ranged from a pepper strayed crowd to murder.

Liability in a Black Friday accident can be difficult to prove. Although stores expect a large number of shoppers to be present, sometimes they may a lack of security to oversee the chaos.

Just like sports arenas or concerts, if there is not enough security to protect people, the facility owner can be responsible for any injuries. Same goes for shopping malls and retail stores. Not enough security to withstand the amount of shoppers can cause serious injuries therefore grounds to pursue compensation.

Aside from lack of security, the store’s product placement and decor can also create a hazardous environment. If you trip and fall and sustain serious injuries make sure to file an incident report. The store owner or employees can be liable for premise liability claims and slip and falls.

Do I Have a Personal Injury Claim?

All accidents are unique and situational. What you do after your accident is important. Here are some tips to remember if you are injured in a Black Friday Accident.

  • See a Doctor – Don’t wait to see a doctor. Go to urgent care or a family physician to have your injuries examined.
  • File an Incident Report – Request to an incident report. A formal document of the events leading up to your injuries will strengthen your case.
  • Document Injuries – Take pictures of your injuries and whatever caused your injures such as obscure pathways or decorations.
  • Contact a Lawyer – Speak to a well respected personal injury attorney to learn what options you have.

At Bergener Mirejovsky, our experienced accident attorneys are here to assist you. The skilled injury lawyers at our firm can provide you with specific information regarding your accident claim that can help you move forward.

If you or a loved one is injured in an accident, call us at 1-800-881-2021 for a free case review. Get the answers you need, when you want them. Don’t wait until after the holidays to begin your claim. Call now and get immediate answers.

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