Black Friday is a yearly must-have experience for so many Baltimore residents; it may be the most enjoyable holiday tradition for many Americans. The post-Thanksgiving tradition–the biggest shopping day of the year–kicks off the holiday shopping season in style. Although most shoppers of the millions of shoppers escape holiday shopping without suffering any injuries, not all are so lucky.
Shoppers face an increased risk of injury during the holiday season. According to recent figures, nearly 100 million Black Friday shoppers head out across the United States. Shoppers fill stores and shopping centers without giving thought to possibly hazardous conditions. Most shoppers are unconcerned because they expect shopping locations to be safe. Unsafe conditions, however, may result in serious injuries.
Potential Hazards that May Cause Injury During Shopping
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) keeps records of injuries that occur during the holiday season. There are approximately 250 injuries per day during the holiday season according to the CPSC’s estimates. Injuries at stores can be caused for a variety of reasons. Some causes of shopping-related injuries include:
- Patrons may be injured if a store or shopping center allows for the accumulation of snow, ice, or rain in high-traffic areas. They can create unsafe conditions ripe for slip-and-fall cases.
- Stores love to arrange colorful and elaborate decorations. Decorations, however, may create hazardous obstacles for shoppers or the decorations may fall and injure customers as well.
- The influx of shoppers during the holiday season should alert stores to maintain adequate security. This is not always the case. Sometimes, and especially during Black Friday, foreseeable physical altercations break out, causing injuries to innocent shoppers.
A shopper injured on a store’s premises may be able to recover damages for his or her injuries. The extent of the injuries will determine the potential damages that may be recovered. Examples of potentially recoverable damages include:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Profits
- Punitive Damages
The process for recovering damages is lengthy and it is advisable that an injured party seek the help and counsel of an attorney.
Call a Baltimore Premises Liability Attorney Today
If you have been injured on a store’s property over the holiday season, you may be entitled to recover damages. It is advisable that you seek the advice and counsel of a Baltimore-area attorney. Randolph G. Rice, Esq. of The Rice, Murtha & Psoras will review the facts of your case in order to develop and implement an effective legal strategy to help you recover those damages to which you may be entitled. Schedule your initial consultation by calling (410) 694-7291 today.