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JR was offered a settlement of $35,000. The jury returned a verdict in her favor for $157,000, a net verdict over two times the amount offered by the RTB’s insurance company.

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Indianapolis Black Friday Injuries

Black Friday Shopping Injuries
The day after Thanksgiving has become known as Black Friday, supposedly a reference to the positive financial health of retailers as they move from being “in the red” to being “in the black.” Many decades ago, however, the term had a negative connotation when it was used by Philadelphia police to describe the problems they had to deal with when crowds and traffic poured into the city. I’m thinking Philly probably had it right.

Every year the malls and big-box stores open earlier, trumpeting what great deals can be had for those few lucky shoppers who get one of the limited quantity available or who manage to snatch up a prized article before the time limit expires. Psychologists say the crowds of Black Friday shoppers are motivated by a number of factors: a competitive spirit; the hunting/gathering instinct; the physical and mental challenge; and the comfort of participating in what, for many, has become a family tradition.

Saving money by finding a bargain is a good thing; bonding with family and friends is a good thing; stimulating the economy is a good thing. But every year we hear news reports of bad things happening on Black Friday, things like these…

Shopper-on-Shopper Injuries

Sometimes when a crowd gathers, awaiting the opening of a store advertising unbelievably good deals for a few lucky customers, that crowd becomes frenzied and starts pushing. One of the most infamous such incidents was the 2008 Black Friday stampede at a New York Walmart in which a worker was killed by the rushing crowd and four others were injured.

In 2011, twenty customers were injured in Los Angeles when a woman used pepper spray to disable other shoppers so she could get a cheap Xbox video game player.

A Connecticut man hit another shopper in a fight while waiting to buy video games. He was then subdued by police with a stun gun.

In a Texas Sears store, a man punched another customer in order to get to the front of the line, prompting a third man to pull out a gun. The gunslinger had a concealed carry permit, so he was not charged.

Overzealous Security

An Arizona Walmart shopper was thought to be attempting to shoplift and was slammed to the ground by local police. He received a settlement in his police-brutality lawsuit which alleged false arrest and assault and battery.

An off-duty North Carolina police officer used pepper spray on customers vying for discounted cellphones.

And the worst: In Lithonia, Georgia, a man allegedly shoplifted two DVD players from a Walmart. He was chased down by two employees and a security guard and put in a chokehold. When police arrived, they found the man bloodied and unresponsive. He died at the hospital.

Parking Lot Injuries

At a Tallahassee big-box store, some shoppers got into a fight over a parking space. The violence escalated and two people were taken to the hospital with gunshot injuries.

An intoxicated man ran down two victims in a Walmart parking lot. He was charged with vehicular assault.

Armed Robberies

A California shopper was shot after he and family members resisted two armed men trying to steal their purchases. He was in critical condition; the shooter was arrested for attempted homicide and robbery.

In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, a man was struck on the head and a woman shot in the leg by assailants in a Walmart parking lot.

A 14-year-old Maryland boy was robbed of his purchases by five men in the parking lot of a Bed Bath & Beyond store.

Your Legal Remedies for Shopping Injuries

Accidents and assaults can happen at any time of the year, not just on Black Friday. A personal injury attorney can help you receive compensation if you have been harmed by:

  • A slip and fall because of a spill or debris in the aisle
  • Falling merchandise
  • Icy sidewalks or slippery entrances
  • Inadequate security
  • Defective shopping carts
  • Failure to warn of hazards
  • Malfunctioning escalators or elevators
  • The death of a loved one.

We urge you to stay safe this year. Avoid the maddening crowd. Be careful in parking lots. Don’t get into a confrontation; you may be arguing with someone who has an Indiana concealed carry permit. If you do suffer an injury this year in the Black Friday frenzy, call Mike Stephenson of McNeely Stephenson for assistance with your personal injury claim.

real-life cases

“B.K.” was driving on a two-lane road one Sunday afternoon with his mother in the front seat and his brother and sister-in-law in the back seat when his life was forever changed. B.K. was struck head on by D.C.

D.C. had spent the day drinking with a friend and had stopped at a restaurant less than five miles from the point of the accident where D.C. had been served several drinks. D.C.’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

As a result of the terrible wreck, B.K. received devastating injuries, which included multiple broken bones, facial fractures, and loss of vision. B.K.’s mother, brother, and sister-in-law were all killed in the accident.

As one would anticipate, D.C. had virtually no insurance. Stephenson, through his thorough and detailed investigation, was able to prepare claims against the restaurant and those that provided the alcohol.

Stephenson pursued dram shop claims against those responsible CASE SUMMARY

D.H. was a competitive bicyclist who was riding in preparation for a cross-country fundraising ride. In the spring of 2010, D.H. was riding across an old steel-grated deck bridge in Shelby County when he hit a hole in the bridge and flipped over the handlebars of his bike. The impact to the bridge decking caused severe injuries to his face, teeth, tongue, and elbow.

Through the investigation, they were able to learn as early as 1998, the bridge inspection reports showed the bridge in question needed to be replaced. The county never authorized additional inspections. The county obtained $844,000 in funding for the replacement of the bridge in 2000, but the Historical Society and adjacent property owners wanted the bridge repaired rather than replaced.

This crash could have been avoided if the inspectors and county had done their jobs. CASE SUMMARY

Our client (“D.W.”) was a front-seat passenger in a vehicle that was struck by a UDF truck making deliveries. D.W. received broken arms and legs, as well as internal injuries. Stephenson was retained by D.W.’s personal counsel to prepare and try the case. Discovery determined that the UDF driver had multiple driving violations. Stephenson retained numerous experts to show the jury the devastating effects of the injuries. Before trial, the defendant’s company stated that a jury in a small southern county in Indiana would never return a verdict for $1 million in this case.

The defendant was correct; the verdict was twice that amount. CASE SUMMARY

Your Next Steps...

As you contemplate filing a personal injury lawsuit, keep in mind that there is a statute of limitations – or a deadline – for filing personal injury claims, so it is unwise to delay. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you deserve compensation.

Don’t lose the opportunity to obtain the money you need to put your life back on track and to make your family’s future financially secure. Call today.

Contact McNeely Stephenson today using our contact form, or call 1-855-206-2555.

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