Holiday Shopping Tips

The holiday season is finally here! Thanksgiving has come and gone, but Christmas is just around the corner!

We all know what this means: shopping.

Black Friday 2011 Has Passed But No Doubt With A Premises Liability Suit

Consumers hit the stores for Black Friday deals early this year, many right after Thanksgiving dinner! Some of the best deals of the year occur the day after Thanksgiving, but there have been many misfortunes in years past bringing premises liability lawsuits to many stores. This year, many retailers decided to open stores and begin Black Friday sales as early as 10 PM on Thanksgiving Day to avoid these dangers.

Unfortunately Black Friday deals can cause more than just savings. Many wrongful deaths, slip and fall, and trip and fall injuries across the country have been associated with the “holiday”. In 2008, a Wal-Mart employee was trampled to death by shoppers when sales began. The company paid nearly $2 million in a premises liability settlement with injured parties that year. Each year on Black Friday, store policies become more strict and organized to ensure the safety of workers and shoppers alike. This year, not even opening a day early kept all shoppers safe. One Wal-Mart shopper used pepper spray on those around her to get a bargain.

The signs, sounds, smells and deals surrounding this “holiday” all add to the desperation in many consumers.

The Chaos Isn’t Over Yet – Be Safe When Holiday Shopping

Black Friday is not the only day that shoppers have an air of anxiety about themselves. The remainder of the year is sure to provide more stories of horror in shopping malls and retail stores. In order to maintain your safety this holiday season, take the following precautions when you are shopping:

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Listen for warning signs. Often crowds become active when just a few loud individuals voice their opinions. Steer clear of belligerent behavior.
  • Trust your gut. If you have a feeling that something is out of place, separate yourself from the crowd.
  • Leave your purse at home. Keep cash, credit cards, and identification in separate pockets close to your body. If a purse must be carried, make sure to use a small one with a strong strap.
  • There’s safety in numbers. Shop with a friend or group of friends.
  • Tell someone where you’ll be throughout the trip.
  • Carry your cell phone at all times.
  • Avoid ATMs. Get cash in advance. If you must use an ATM, find one in a well-lit area inside a store.
  • Park in well-lit areas and lock your doors.
  • Don’t fight. No bargain or deal is worth getting hurt over. Emotions are running high, so ensure that you keep yours in check.

It’s Your Right to be Safe While Shopping

Even if you take the necessary precautions as a shopper, there are chances that others will not. If you are injured in a shopping accident, seek medical care immediately. Store owners may seem sympathetic and offer to pay for your medical care, but make sure to contact the experienced Marietta premises liability attorneys at Jones & Swanson before accepting any compensation.

The actual costs associated with an injury can be hard to determine, as there are many factors that should be taken into account. Georgia victims of injuries while shopping may be compensated for medical expenses, loss of wages, loss of earning capacity, physical pain and suffering, mental suffering and physical impairment. The Marietta lawyers at Jones & Swanson will fight for the compensation that you deserve.