Thanksgiving has passed, and if you are anything like me, your stomach
is still full. Hopefully your holiday was thoroughly enjoyable and free
from harm. However, you should be wary of relaxing too much with the thought
that potential harm has subsided. The days following Thanksgiving can
be just as dangerous as the day of and the days leading up to Thanksgiving.
experienced Poughkeepsie personal injury attorneys know that Black Friday can be perilous. Shopping for loved ones is meant
to be fun, but it can turn deadly. Black Friday shoppers should know that
they have rights to compensation if they are injured in an accident or
attack while shopping on Black Friday. Our attorneys wish to inform you
of such rights and offer some simple safety advice to help keep you safe.
With roughly forty percent of all Americans hitting the stores and malls
on Black Friday, the roads and shopping places will be heavily congested.
Indeed, frustrations will rise while patience dwindles. And some people
are just prone to commit violent acts. For example, shoppers have been
trampled to death at stores on Black Friday. Such has caused death to
some and paralysis to others. Fights break out, some of which end in gun
violence and death.
Of course proprietors will attempt to take
preventative safety measures. Even security personnel may be increased. But shoppers can do things
too to stay safe. First and foremost, remember that you are shopping to
have fun while buying gifts for loved ones. Be in the right state of mind;
expect crowds and keep your head cool. Also consider staying away from
the largest crowds and the busiest stores. Sometimes the best way to stay
safe is to avoid the chaos all together. Also consider shopping online.
Everything in stores can be found on line and you never have to face a
crowded store or a long checkout line.
While store owners have a
duty to keep their stores safe for visitors so that foreseeable and preventable harm does not occur,
those owners are not insurers for all that can go wrong. Depending on
how the shopper was injured and the circumstances of the incident, the
shop owner can of course be held liable. But injured patrons can also
sue the patrons who intentionally or negligently caused them injury.
Learn about other Thanksgiving safety tips and liability issues
in our article available here. Also read about Thanksgiving travel liability
in our blog post available here. Read about safety tips for Thanksgiving travel and Black Friday travel in
our blog post available here. Learn about personal injuries due to cooking accidents and drunk driving
car accidents on Thanksgiving and Black Friday available
in our blog post available here.
Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious car accidents, particularly
throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
Newburgh where we have offices. Hear
what our clients are saying about us here and learn about just some of our
successful results here. If you or a loved one has been injured in a personal injury accident,
please do not hesitate to contact us by calling 845-340-HURT (4878) or
toll free at 866-440-4452, or by using the
convenient contact form here.