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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Is ‘Black Friday’ a genuine risk to public health

    Black Friday is the Friday following Thanksgiving where the shops hold massive sales. This tradition started in America but has now spread to the UK amongst many other countries. It is known in America as the busiest shopping day of the year and for many it is a day they can do their Christmas shopping. However, there are concerns that Black Friday can be a risk to public health. One way in which it the puts the public at risk is the increased chance of sustaining a slip, trip or fall injury.

    How are slips, trips and falls caused on Black Friday?

    The sales that are put on for one day are usually only limited to certain products in store. This can mean that customers are pushing and shoving to get the items before they sell out. This hysteria can easily cause a slip, trip or fall especially if you get caught up in the rush.

    Other than that, slips, trips and falls can occur simply by rushing around, sometimes running from shop to shop and not looking where you are going.

    How to prevent a slip, trip or fall injury on this day?

    The main way of avoiding a slip, trip or fall on Black Friday is to try and avoid the busy shops. However, if you are the type of person who has to take part in the event then there are certain things you can do to help prevent yourself from sustaining a slip, trip or fall injury.

    Firstly, try not to get involved in the large crush, and if you do find yourself in the middle of the crowd pay close attention to those around you and to where you are walking. This will mean that you will be able to pre-empt those around you and potentially stop yourself from having a slip, trip or fall.

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    Other than that, do not wear soft shoes as you are likely to get stepped on at least once during the rush and if people are shoving each other out of the way do not get involved, nothing is worth sustaining a slip, trip or fall injury or worse.

    If you have had a slip, trip or fall within the last 3 years that wasn’t your fault you may be able to make a claim. Call our 24-hour free phone on 0800 689 0500 to find out more.

    Date Published: April 27, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

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