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If an establishment has poor lighting, severe accidents may result. If you were injured because of this, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our experienced New York personal injury attorneys to learn more about your options.

Where can poor lighting accidents happen in New York?

As a guest or visitor of a public establishment, you have a right to be safe. If dim lighting is part of an institution’s ambiance, the owner or manager must still make reasonable accommodation to ensure the property is safe for all. The most common places where poor lighting accidents can occur include:

  • Restaurant trips and falls
  • Public restroom injuries
  • Movie theater accidents
  • Retail store falls
  • Public transportation matters
  • Inadequately lit government buildings
  • Other poor lighting cases
  • Grocery stores
  • Poorly lit bars
  • Cruise ship accidents

What types of injuries can result from a poor lighting accident?

Without adequate lighting, severe accidents can occur as a result. You may not be able to see changes in the pavement, obstacles, or even stairs. Injures that poor lighting can cause include but are not limited to, the following:

  • Head or brain injuries
  • Back, neck, or spinal cord injury
  • Facial injuries
  • Sprains and strains
  • Lacerations
  • Bruises
  • Broken bones
  • Wrongful death

Can I obtain compensation for a premises liability accident?

If you were injured due to poor lighting, you may have a valid premise liability claim. If so, you may also be entitled to compensation. The amount of compensation that you can expect to be awarded depends heavily on the losses and burdens you have and will continue to face. The most typical compensation awards can include the following:

  • Medical costs
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Wrongful death benefits
  • Lost future earning
  • Emotional distress

How long do I have to file a premises liability claim in New York?

The state of New York has a statute of limitations of three years from the date of the accident to file a claim. This means that if you fail to file your claim after your poor lighting accident, you will likely lose the opportunity to recover the damages you deserve.

Do not wait to reach out to a skilled personal injury attorney today. Our firm is committed to ensuring you are able to feel whole again.

Contact Our Experienced New York City Firm

If you have been injured in a New York City accident, Swerling Law is here to help. Our firm understands the challenges that many people face after being hurt in an accident and is prepared to help you receive an award of significant compensation to ease some of your burdens. To schedule a consultation with an experienced construction site accident attorney in New York City, contact Swerling Law today.


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