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Black Friday and workplace injuries: What you should know

On Behalf of | Nov 23, 2020 | Workers' Compensation |

It’s that time of year again: The Black Friday sales are already starting. Once confined solely to the day following Thanksgiving, the annual retail extravaganza that sends shoppers out in droves to hunt for bargains seems to take up at least a week.

That doesn’t mean, however, that Black Friday has lost any of its appeal to consumers — and some of those consumers seem to lose all their common sense as soon as a store’s doors are opened. They may shout, push, shove and trample anything — and anyone — who gets between them and a deal they want.

Where does Black Friday violence happen?

Violence on Black Friday has become so well known that there are websites that even track the number of deaths and injuries each year. Other groups have sought to quantify the number of incidents according to location (inside a store, in the parking lot or at the door), and by retailer (a whopping 70% of all incidents have happened in a Walmart).

Retailers know there are risks — but they may not always take the appropriate precautions. Even if they do, there are always going to be a few incidents that can’t be predicted. A shortage of this year’s “hot item,” for example, can cause tensions to escalate between consumers and a fight to break out. It’s very easy for a hapless retailer worker to end up hurt.

If you’re injured while working Black Friday, what are your options?

If you’re injured on the job because a customer lost their cool on Black Friday, you have every right to expect workers’ compensation benefits to cover your medical care and lost wages. Don’t let anybody tell you otherwise. Depending on the circumstances, you may even have a third-party claim against the person who injured you. An experienced attorney can help you understand more and protect your interests.