With Black Friday approaching this week, retailers need to prepare for more than just the crowds. Rock bottom prices and swarms of crowds can make for chaotic situations. Too often, dangerous situations arise on Black Friday when people are pushing and shoving and messes are overlooked, and, if this year is anything like the last few, people will be injured or even killed as a result. Sometimes more vulnerable shoppers slip and fall and find themselves trampled by other excited shoppers. Others are injured because of a lack of sleep or delirium involved in the whole process. Here are the five most insane Black Friday injuries people have suffered in recent years.
- Black Friday shoppers trample an 11-year-old girl in an Ohio Walmart. The girl was taken to the hospital where she was treated for her injuries then released.
- All-night Black Friday shopping ends with a car accident, deaths, and manslaughter charges: a father in San Bruno California was charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter after causing an accident that killed two of his daughters and injured a police officer. The driver had only slept three hours.
- Black Friday shooting results in two deaths at a Toys ‘R’ Us: In 2008, two men shot each other to death after their female companions engaged in a fist fight at a Toys ‘R’ Us in Palm Desert, California.
- Twenty people, including children, were injured in a Black Friday pepper spray attack: In a Los Angeles Walmart, 20 shoppers were injured when a woman used pepper spray to beat the crowds for massively discounted video game consoles.
- Walmart worker killed in 2008 stampede: A Walmart employee was killed on Black Friday when a stampeding crowd of customers. Over 2,000 people lined up outside the Long Island store for hours before its 5 a.m. opening. Due to the pressure of the crowd, the store’s glass doors shattered, and the mob flooded into the store. Walmart employee, Jdimytai Damour was caught in the madness, fell to the ground, and trampled. He was pronounced dead that day at an area hospital.
In the sad case of the last accident, Walmart agreed to pay upwards of $1.5 million to the family of the victim, and the retail giant agreed to adopt better crowd management in stores across the country. Retailers, large or small, are required to properly manage store conditions, regardless of chaotic situations caused by Black Friday deals.
If you are injured during the mayhem of Black Friday, you may be entitled to compensation. The first step is to seek medical attention. Many times, employees at these stores are required to fill out an accident report and call an ambulance to check the victim for any injuries sustained on the premise. However, if you did not leave in an ambulance, do not hesitate to see a doctor. Major medical issues can arise from these types of accidents, and if left untreated, the problems will only be compounded later. Second, hire an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. If there needs to be an investigation about the conditions surrounding your accident, a skilled attorney is the best party to determine exactly what constitutes negligence on the part of the store.
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