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List: Posted: 11/15/11
Black Friday is one of the most anticipated shopping days of the year, for both retailers and customers. This day officially kicks off the holiday shopping season, and also offers some significant discounts on merchandise.
However, it's not always about the holiday spirit. These shopping days can lead to serious injuries as customers fight for marked-down items. What are your legal options if you have suffered battery by another shopper?
If you and another customer are involved in an altercation, you might be able to sue for battery. You will need witnesses (store CCTV if possible) and you will also need to speak to a personal injury lawyer. Often, these cases are dismissed unless there was serious injury caused and the person responsible for the battery injured you maliciously rather than accidentally.
If there was a weapon involved (merchandise can be counted as a weapon if used as such) or if hard items were thrown at you and significantly injured you, you may have more of a case.
However, if you have suffered battery and serious injury during a shopping frenzy caused by poor security or unsafe store furniture, or crush injuries during a directed stampede, you might be able to take legal action against the store in which you were injured. Store owners and companies are legally required to keep their premises safe and well kept – especially during events like Black Friday were injuries have become increasingly common.
However, you will need a personal injury lawyer here, as well as the ability to prove that the retailer was negligent in providing order and protection for their shoppers. If you have suffered battery during a shopping frenzy, the best option is to speak with a legal professional as soon as possible.
While you might not receive any compensation, you might also be eligible for some type of recompense, depending on your situation.
A terrible car crash, losing a loved one, suffering a debilitating injury – these are nightmares scenarios. Nobody wants to think about being hurt, but when you are hurt by someone else’s negligence, you are left with no choice. Have you been seriously injured in an accident? Has your life changed because of someone’s negligence? Are you unexpectedly mourning the loss of a loved one after a tragic accident? Nothing feels worse than what you are going through right now. We understand your emotional and physical pain and we know the last thing you need at this time is a legal battle with an insurance company. Sadly, for so many facing life-changing injuries and irreparable loss, that’s exactly what they get.
When trying to seek compensation for an injury, the legal system can be incredibly complex, and very hard to navigate. Price Benowitz’s team of experienced Virginia lawyers can help you in a large variety of personal injury cases. If you have been wrongfully injured, contact Price Benowitz for a free case evaluation.
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