With the holiday season right around the corner, you may be anxious to start shopping for gifts. It may be time to prepare for busy stores and long lines mentally. If you are planning on hitting the shopping centers for Black Friday deals, you may be preparing for mayhem.
Even with the increase of online shopping, 89% of people shop in-store, either exclusively or in addition to online shopping.
Last year, between Thanksgiving Day and Cyber Monday, approximately 165 million people shopped either in-store or online or both. Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year. Because shopping centers get so busy, the chances of getting injured increase.
What are five common injuries shoppers face?
There are several unforeseen injuries a shopper could face. The severity of injury depends on the individual accident. Some common injuries include:
- Parking lot accidents. Increased traffic, poor weather conditions, or reckless driving could lead to accidents.
- Slip and falls. Wet floors, uneven or broken tile, not properly marked fixtures, could lead to injury.
- Trampling. Crowded spaces or swarms of people entering a store could cause trampling.
- Retail display injuries. Falling items, unsecured fixtures, sharp edges, or other items could cause injury.
- Shopping cart injuries. Tripping over a shopping cart could cause harm.
Injuries sustained could be as minor as superficial cuts or bruises or as severe as broken bones, internal organ damage, or death.
There has been an unfortunately high number of mass shootings around the country in the past few years. Movie theaters, schools and shopping centers have recently been targeted.
A shopper might be able to take legal action against the shopping mall, store, or individual if they were injured due to negligence. Additionally, a family member may seek justice if their loved one died due to a party’s careless action.