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Many of us are excited for the upcoming holiday season, some more than others are ready to hit the ground running, full speed, for Black Friday. The weekend after Thanksgiving is known as the busiest shopping days of the year. Some stores offer insanely priced loss leaders to get shoppers in the doors, but this can this be dangerous.
Sometimes overzealous shoppers doing their best to land a limited offer deal can get them and others injured in the process. In 2008 a Walmart located in Long Island had crowds that caused a cave in of their front doors and sadly a security guard lost his life in the ensuing “stampede” of shoppers. Walmart was taken to court and settled for $2 million and an additional $7000 fine.
OSHA recommends that employers planning a large shopping event adopt a plan that includes the following elements.
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In addition to crowd control, retailers must also take in to consideration weather causing slippery floors and distracted shoppers busy on their cell phones.
If the retailer follows the OSHA guidelines, places commercial mats at the doorways they still have to deal with customer to customer issues if a fight breaks out among shoppers. The store may or may not be liable for the fight, but they need to be prepared and have emergency options in place.
The Bottom Line
When a store invites you into their establishment they have an obligation to ensure your safety while on the premises, under what is called business invitee CT law. If you happen to be involved in an accident:
Only an experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to review your case and evaluate whether you may be entitled to compensation for an injury. If you were injured at a store (or another location), contact Tindall Law Firm. We have a nearly 24 year track record of great success and experience handling these premises liability cases. For a free consultation with a Waterbury personal injury attorney, please call 203.755.0018 or contact us online. All cases are taken on a contingency fee basis. If we accept your case, you pay no fee unless we recover damages for you.