Black Friday is an ideal time to nab holiday bargains. Unfortunately, it is also a day where slip and fall injuries occur. On Black Friday, slip and fall injuries are more likely than normal to include bargain hunters getting into fights, with a slip and fall resulting from an assault. In New Jersey, late November weather often means snow, ice, and rain. That increases the number of slip and falls on slick parking lots, sidewalks, and store interiors. When combined with large numbers of people, inclement weather is often a recipe for disaster.
Perhaps the best way to keep yourself safe on Black Friday is by staying out of the mall and making your purchases online. If that is not an option, do your best to stay safe by wearing shoes or boots with non-slip soles when shopping. Avoid shopping when you are tired, because you are less likely to pay attention to possible hazards.
When crowds are waiting to rush into the store upon opening, the result is sometimes deadly. A slip and fall during a crowd rush could mean the person is trampled, suffering severe or fatal injuries. In 2008, a Long Island Walmart worker was crushed to death after falling down when the store opened on Black Friday.
If you must go to a store opening, do not frequent stores or malls that have not hired extra security with good crowd control measures in place. Lack of adequate crowd control management means a much greater risk of serious accidents occurring. If a rush starts, hang back to stay safe. If caught in a rush, try to leave via the nearest emergency exit, or stand along a wall.
If you suffer a slip and fall injury on Black Friday, report it to store management immediately. On a busy day, that may take more time than usual, but it is necessary. If an ambulance is not called to take you to the hospital, make sure you go to the emergency room on your own or visit an urgent care center. Failure to seek prompt medical attention can harm your claim. If possible, use your phone to photograph or video the accident site, as well as your injuries. The more documentation available, the stronger your personal injury claim will be.
If you or a family member suffered a slip and fall injury at a store on Black Friday or any other time, you need the services of the experienced Eatontown injury lawyers at Fox & Melofchik, L.L.C. Store owners have a responsibility to manage crowds properly and to maintain a safe environment for shoppers. Call us today at 732-493-9400 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation.
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