You woke up early, filled the travel mug and diligently waited outside your favorite store to catch the great Black Friday deals. On these types of epic sales days you are not the only one waiting outside, which means the potential for injury goes up with the more people that are also waiting outside.
If you were injured during your Black Friday shopping, you may have a valid personal injury claim against the store you were shopping at. But, you will have to prove that in all of the frenzy, the store’s negligence is what caused your injury and then you will need to speak with a personal injury attorney to assess your case so that you can bring your claim to the courts.
Negligence is what a plaintiff must prove, showing that the defendant owed them a duty of care while they were at their store and the defendant breached that duty of care – which then resulted in the injury.
For example, you were waiting to enter a store for doorbuster deals on Black Friday. When the doors opened and you entered with the crowds and were crushed by other shoppers eagerly attempting to get into the store as well. In this type of case, you would claim that the store failed to protect you and take measures for the crowd that they knew would be there that morning. They should have had special procedures in place for safely filtering customers into the store; instead of just allowing a herd of people to crush through the doors. Because they did not take special precautions, they are now liable for any injuries you have suffered and the associated damages.
Once you have established negligence you can then request compensation for certain damages you have encountered, including medical expenses (past, current and future), lost wages, pain and suffering, etc.
If you were injured during your Black Friday shopping or on any shopping day – big sale or not – you may have a case against the store owner or manager for their negligence. In order to help you establish your claim, you will need the assistance of an attorney. The Law Offices of Kevin J. Roach, LLC can assist you with your personal injury case. We have experience with premise liability law and understand the injuries involved in these types of cases. Contact our offices today to schedule a consultation regarding your shopping center or retail injury at 636-519-0085 or fill out an online contact form with your legal questions.