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Who is liable for shopping injuries?

Every year Black Friday is recognized as the biggest shopping day of the year in California and across the country. As a store owner, you likely roll out major deals, and people flock to your store to get the best bargains. If you are like most store owners, you keep your doors locked to prepare for the sales while customers line up outside ready to rush in once you open. However, it is this rush and the overall set up of Black Friday and other large sales events that lead to horrifying headlines about injuries and even deaths every year.

According to CNN, you become liable for every shopper on your property during these huge sales. This is because, under the law, a shopper is considered an invitee, which is someone who is on the property for a purpose that will benefit you. Courts will hold you liable if someone is injured or killed during a sale event in most situations unless you properly prepare and prove it was not your negligence that led to the incident.

Because there is a known increase of risk during big sale rushes and because part of that increase is due to how these sales are managed, such as offering only limited amounts of high demand products at huge discounts, you must put safety guards in place. These safety precautions should provide adequate risk prevention. While this will not protect you from every liability case, it can help to protect you from being liable to an extent under the law.  This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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