Last year, over 86 million people shopped on Black Friday, either in-store or online.1 It is typically the largest shopping day in the United States. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most dangerous day for shoppers.
It is estimated that over 135 million Americans will shop over the Thanksgiving weekend this year.2 Unfortunately, every year there are injuries, often due to the larger-than-normal crowds. And while in recent years the number of reported injuries has gone down (from the record high in 2011), it’s important to remember to stay safe during Black Friday.
Most large retailers are prepared to deal with the crowds on Black Friday and will organize lines, give out numbered tickets, control the number of people entering the store at a given time, etc.
One thing to remember is that legally, stores are required by law to provide a safe shopping experience. This is true for every day, not just Black Friday. For example, as soon as a store employee is made aware of a potentially dangerous condition in the store, they are required to tend to it. If not, the store may be held liable for any injuries that occur as a result.
If you are injured in a store, the first thing you should do is get medical attention. If you feel that you were injured due to the negligence of store employees, contact us at (404) 800-1837 for a free consultation. We have extensive experience with cases involving unsafe premises and property negligence.