Black Friday is one of the busiest, and most hectic, shopping days of the year. Retailers herald the arrival of the latest and greatest in toys, technology, clothing, and accessories. The competition on Black Friday extends beyond the retailers and seems to bring out the worst in shoppers looking for a good deal. Large crowds and a hurried atmosphere can create a dangerous environment for anyone taking part in Black Friday.
What Happens if I Get a Black Eye on Black Friday?
In recent years, there have been several news stories relating the outcome of Black Friday madness. In 2008, a woman was trampled and died at a Wal-Mart store. In 2012, a woman (also at Wal-Mart) tripped on a rogue skateboard and was injured. In 2013, a man was assaulted by a retail security guard after an argument broke out in the store.
Not all Black Friday injuries are as tragic as a stampede or a physical brawl. The five most common Black Friday injuries include:
- Parking Lot Injuries
- Shopping Cart Injuries
- Falling Objects
Store owners and operators are required by law to maintain a safe environment for anyone on the premises, including employees and customers. Similarly, customers have a responsibility to act responsibly, in accordance with store rules, and in accordance with the law. When any party fails to uphold their duty and is negligent, and you are injured as a result, it is important for you to take action.
If you get a black eye or any other injury on Black Friday, and the cause was someone else being reckless, negligent, or malicious, your first step is getting proper medical attention. Next, you should contact a personal injury attorney to determine if you can pursue compensation for your injuries and any related financial losses.