Will you be shopping on Black Friday? If you plan to join the crowds that will be lining up outside stores for great deals on toys, electronics, and household items, you may be worried about your safety. Each year, we hear news reports about shoppers who are trampled in Black Friday stampedes or are injured by other shoppers. These incidents happen, but, even on Black Friday, you are far more likely to be injured in a slip and fall.
Black Friday slip and fall dangers include spilled drinks, fallen merchandise, wet floors and damaged tiles. Retailers have a duty to be aware of any conditions that could pose a danger to customers. If a store manager identifies a possible hazard, he must post warning signs until the hazard can be cleaned up or repaired. This means that the store should be kept clean. There should be enough staff to pick up fallen merchandise and put it away. Any rainwater or spills should be cleaned up quickly. Aisles and walkways should be well lit and there should be warnings of conditions such as ripped carpets or broken tile that may pose a slip and fall hazard,
Retailers know that Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year. Big crowds mean merchandise gets pulled off the shelves and left in the aisles. Clutter builds up more quickly and floors get wet faster. So, retailers must take extra precautions. This may mean hiring extra staff.
When Georgia retailers don’t do their part to prevent Black Friday slip and falls, they are negligent in their duty to the public. The retailer who doesn’t take proper precautions can be held liable for any injuries that occur as a result. However, you will not receive damages unless you and your Atlanta personal injury lawyer can show that your injuries were caused by negligence.
To do this, you must prove the following:
- Your Black Friday slip and fall injury was the result of a “dangerous condition”.
- The retailer knew or should have known that the dangerous condition existed and had the potential to cause injury.
- The retailer did not post adequate warnings about the dangerous conditions.
This can be difficult, but the personal injury attorneys at Kaufman Law can help. Call us today. We’ll listen to your story and tell you if you have a case. There is no charge for the consultation.