In a frenzied effort to ratchet up end-of-year profits, major retailers will offer their best sales of the year on Black Friday. Although the Morgantown, WV area and adjacent regions of Marion, Preston, and Taylor Counties are not heavily populated areas compared to Pittsburgh, the mixture of customer expectations and limited quantities produce the same risks of injuries that we hear about in large cities. Many customers will drive with little sleep, even in bad road conditions to get a good position at the door.
Try to minimize possibilities of confrontation by showing courtesy to other shoppers and don’t be perceived as a line-cutter – it will cause resentment and possibly an altercation. If you happen to be the lucky shopper who gets the last item at an incredible price, either cover (if possible) with other items in your cart or try to avoid that area of the store where others will be looking for the same item.
Even in the midst of all the crowds, excitement, and confusion, retailers have an obligation to create and maintain a safe shopping environment for their employees and customers and have a duty to maintain safe parking lots, sidewalks, stairs, and railings that are clear of water, ice, and obstacles to prevent personal injury.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a guide to employers for preventing injuries during the Holiday shopping season or at any other time when large crowds gather. The OSHA guide includes provisions for pre-planning strategies, practicing, and assigning specific workers to implement security, safety, and emergency responses. The National Retail Federation issued similar warnings and guidelines to retailers that include emergency response directives and having employees practice crowd control safety measures sometime before Black Friday.
When a place of business does not provide a safe workplace and shopping environment and an employee or customer suffers an accident, injury, or even a wrongful death, retail stores and malls are responsible for medical bills, lost wages and continuing disability, pain, suffering, and inconvenience caused by their carelessness.
If you have been seriously injured while shopping due to someone else’s negligence, call Morgantown, WV Personal Injury Lawyer: 1-304-594-1800 or visit us at http://www.robinettelaw.com