Black Friday marks the official first shopping day of the holiday season. Last year, more than 174 million Americans went shopping in the days surrounding Black Friday. Unfortunately, Black Friday is also known for being dangerous to customers and workers. If you are injured on the job, you could have a viable workers’ compensation claim. However, what happens if you are injured by a third party while working?
What is a Third-Party Work Accident?A third-party work accident is an accident that occurs while working, but is caused by a party or entity separate from an employer or coworker. Examples of potential third-party work accidents to watch out for on Black Friday:
- Being hit by a car in the parking lot. Whether it is due to distracted driving or drunk driving, if you are hit by a car during your shift, you could have a viable claim against the driver.
- Injured by a customer. Over the years, news sources have shown shocking footage of irate customers punching and shoving their way through stores for great deals on Black Friday. If you are on the other end of a fist, you might have a viable claim against the person responsible for the assault.
- Injured by defective equipment. Many retail workers work in the store’s backroom or warehouse to unload and organize inventory before it is placed throughout the store. Warehouse workers work with heavy machinery such as forklifts and pallet jacks. An injury caused by faulty machinery or equipment could be considered a third-party work accident.