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Your legal recourse following a Black Friday injury

Thanksgiving weekend is behind us. You may have gotten through the Thursday feasting with a couple extra pounds and a little indigestion to show for it. However, if you ventured out to the malls the next day, you risk of personal injury was probably a bit greater.

Black Friday is a common term used to describe the day after Thanksgiving. The day was originally so dubbed in the mid-twentieth century, in reference to the day of the year when retailers become profitable--or "go in the black."

However, lately the term has taken on a more sobering meaning--referencing the shopper violence this day tends to incite. Each year, employees and shoppers in department stores across the country sustain traumatic injury--and even death--from unruly shoppers in search of the best bargain. If you have been the victim of a Black Friday injury, there are two main types of liability you should understand:

Liability against a store

A retail store may have fault in an accident if the store failed to provide sufficient care for the safety of their customers. For instance, if you slip on a wet floor that was not marked slippery, or if you are injured from falling merchandise that was unsafely stowed on a high shelf, then you could sue the store for your damages.

Liability against a shopper

Frequently, Black Friday sales lead to injury at the hands of other shoppers. The limited-time sale prices on a limited supply of products make some shoppers cut-throat and out of control. Stampeding, fighting--and even stabbing or shooting--are just some incidents that have led to serious injury on Black Friday. If you are injured in a Black Friday sale due to another shopper's reckless conduct, then you have the right to seek compensation from the assailant.

No one should face physical harm just for attending a shopping event. If you suffered injury on Black Friday, it's important to consult with a personal injury attorney. Even if you don't know the identity of your assailant, shopping center security cameras may be able to help you track them down and pursue justice.

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