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Premises Liability For Black Friday Shopping

The day that we’ve all been waiting for, where families and loved ones gather together to enjoy one of the most important meals of the year, is tomorrow! You guessed it, Thanksgiving! It also signifies the eve of one of the largest shopping days of the year, Black Friday. Black Friday has become notorious as much for amazing deals you can’t pass up, but also for tragic accidents that occur due to large crowds flocking into stores to claim these precious deals. Despite the fact that every year there are reports of injuries and sometimes deaths associated with riotous crowds, people still participate in this annual shopping tradition.

Does a shopper who chooses to participate in a Black Friday event have any rights if he or she is injured? The answer to this depends in part on the precautions the business takes to ensure the shopper’s safety. When a person goes into a store for a business purpose, he or she are owed a high duty of care by property owners no matter what. When a court finds that the property owner was negligent in providing that duty of care, then the customer is likely to win for injuries caused as a result of this.

Courts look to the foreseeability of the injury that the customer acquired, and if the property owner took any precautions to ensure that customer would not get injured. For example, did the store have additional staff ready to assist with crowd control? Were there additional security measures taken to ensure that injuries would not occur? These are all questions whose answers depend on the facts of a particular case.

If you have been injured due to the negligent actions of another person, you need an experienced personal injury attorney to handle your claim while you concentrate on recovering. Contact the experts at Parvey & Cavenago for a free consultation today at 239-334-0300.

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