When someone goes shopping, the last thing anyone imagines happening is being injured, much less being trampled. The experience can be traumatic and stressful, especially during the holidays. If you’ve been a victim of trampling during a holiday sale, you might be entitled to compensation. A Florida personal injury lawyer can help you navigate the legal system and determine who’s at fault to get you the compensation you deserve.
Who Is Responsible When a Person Is Trampled While Shopping?
The holiday season is naturally hectic, and unfortunately, it can be dangerous. Each year, Black Friday and other holiday sales have incidents of injuries and sometimes even fatalities that make local and national news. In a trampling incident, responsibility can fall on individuals or the business depending on the circumstances of the incident. The best way to determine liability is to work with an attorney who understands personal injury claims.
An Individual May Be Liable
If the injuries the victim sustained were a direct result of actions committed by a specific and identifiable individual, then that individual may be held partially or entirely responsible. An investigation might be necessary to determine the exact cause of the injuries the victim sustained. There’s typically a lot going on when a crowd gets out of control. Finding out who exactly trampled the victim can be a complex process.
A Business May Be Liable
A business may be liable if they don’t take the necessary steps to prevent tramplings. Some steps businesses can take to protect from trampling include:
- Employing trained security personnel or an on-site police officer
- Installing barricades
- Roping away sections
- Implementing crowd control
- Having emergency procedures
- Establishing a maximum occupancy
A store owner or employee failing to meet regulations or exercising reasonable duty of care can put their customers at risk. If a crowd gets out of control because the store failed to protect their visitors, they may be held liable for any tramplings that occur. It’s a business owner’s responsibility to provide a safe environment for visiting shoppers. If they fail to adequately prepare for holiday sale safety and someone is trampled, the victim may be entitled to compensation. In a situation where a trampling occurred, it’s best to consult a Florida personal injury lawyer to help identify liability.
Consult Our Experienced Florida Personal Injury Lawyers
Suffering from injuries from trampling can be stressful and painful. If you or a loved one are a victim of trampling and are unsure of what to do next, contact Baker Legal Team. Attorney Robert Baker is a board-certified personal injury lawyer with experience handling complex claims and tricky insurance companies. He has represented South Florida residents for over thirty years. Attorney Baker and the trusted legal team at Baker Legal have dealt with all types of personal injury claims and know the ins and outs of Florida law.