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.
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