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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

    Survivor guide: Black Friday sales

    Most of us would admit to loving a bargain and the Black Friday sales has become something of a phenomenon. Arriving in the UK from America, last year’s scenes of crowds gathering to grab cut-price products at department stores and supermarkets in the run-up to Christmas made the national news and the front pages of all the major newspapers.

    If you’re planning to hit the shops for the sales, here are some tips to help you stay safe and avoid slips, trips and falls.

    Surviving Black Friday

    Black Friday can be chaotic, but it does present the chance to purchase items at vastly reduced prices and therefore it may well be worth the effort. If you’re planning to head to the sales, arrive early, plan ahead and stay focused; if you’ve got a specific gift or product in mind, go straight for it and don’t get distracted. Try to stay calm and be patient and take your time; don’t rush, as this is when accidents in a public place happen. Make sure you wear suitable footwear, such as trainers or sturdy shoes, to minimise your risk of a slip or trip.

    If you can’t face trying to navigate your way through hoards of people, most shops offer similar discounts online, so you can shop from the comfort of your own home with minimal stress and no risk of falling in a public place, such as a crowded supermarket.

    Claiming compensation for an accident at the Black Friday sales

    If you’ve been injured in a public place, such as a shop, and you were not to blame, you may wish to think about claiming personal injury compensation. If you suffered slip, trip or fall injuries due to slippery floors or an obstruction in a doorway or stairwell or you were hurt by falling objects, for example, you may have a case for public liability compensation.

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    At the time of the incident, it’s beneficial to record as much information about the public place accident as possible and you should report the case to the manager. Seek assistance for your injuries and ask anyone who witnessed the accident for their contact details so that they can provide a witness statement.

    Once you have the information you need, contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 for expert advice in claiming public place injury compensation. If you were injured through negligence on somebody else’s part, you could be awarded a significant amount of compensation.

    Date Published: November 25, 2015

    Author: David Brown

    Survivor guide: Black Friday sales

    There are many different events which have been named Black Friday, from an air attack in the Second World War to a particularly devastating set of bush fires in Australia. However, the main event most people know as Black Friday is the Friday after Thanksgiving, when stores and online retailers hold big sales for one day only. This is the time when everyone who wants to get a bargain is out. This can create a very manic environment. For this reason, Black Friday can also be quite an accident prone day for people shopping, especially with regard to trip and fall claims.

    How are accidents caused on Black Friday?

    Imagine you spotted the last designer handbag on sale or you just saw the top you wanted to get and they only have one of your size left. You are unlikely to simply walk over there as other people may get to it first, so what do you do? You run or at least rush over there. If more than one person is doing this it can easily cause a collision or a trip hazard. If this happens on a mass scale, which is not uncommon, this is when a serious slip, trip or fall can happen.

    How can I prevent a slip, trip or fall on Black Friday?

    The most important thing to remember in order to prevent or at least help prevent a slip, trip or fall claim whilst shopping is, if you can avoid it, don’t rush. It can be very tempting to run everywhere but if everyone was to do this the shops would be full of slips and trip claims. Also, always look where you are going and watch out for anyone who may be getting close and could run into you, causing perhaps a painful fall injury. If it looks like someone is about to have a slip, trip or fall in your direction, try to change your course, even if it is just stepping to one side. This will hopefully help lower the chances of you getting a slip, trip or fall injury.

    But, if you do have a slip, trip or fall injury that wasn’t your fault, whether on Black Friday or any day, you may be able to make a claim. Speak to Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out more about making a claim for compensation.

    Date Published: January 28, 2014

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    Author: David Brown

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