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While people do not think of supermarkets as a dangerous place, they can be in the event that the property is not taken care of by those who are obligated to do so. New York is a crowded place with many people who need to go shopping at the same time. It is important that these people remain safe. If the grounds of a supermarket are hazardous, it can cause injured shoppers. Those facing these situations can retain the services of an experienced New York personal injury attorney for assistance pursuing legal action.

How Do I Prove Negligence?

Property owners in the state of New York are required to maintain their grounds. This is to make sure people who come onto it cannot be harmed as a result of poor conditions. In the event of supermarkets, this can be done by properly training staff and implementing necessary safety procedures. If they fail to do so, it can cause injuries at the expense of the store. This can lead to a personal injury lawsuit. 

When an injured party files a personal injury claim, they are required to prove negligence. This can be accomplished by gathering evidence that shows the supermarket failed to take care of their grounds, thus directly causing their injuries. Evidence can include medical documentation of the injury, pictures of the hazard, and any witnesses to the accident.

How Do I Recover Compensation?

If the injured party successfully proves negligence, they may be able to receive compensation as coverage for the damages due to the accident. After an accident, people can suffer both physically and emotionally. That is why they can receive two types of compensation: economic and non-economic. Economic compensation covers financial burdens such as medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation, and any hired professionals for assistance. Non-economic compensation is for the loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, and more. 

What is the Statute of Limitations?

It is important for an injured person to not wait long after an accident to pursue legal action. This is because the statute of limitations puts a deadline on the amount of time that is allowed to file a claim. Failure to meet this deadline can result in a loss of opportunity to recover compensation entirely. In New York, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is three years from the date of the injury.

Contact our 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 significant compensation to ease some of your burdens. To schedule a consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in New York City, contact Swerling Law today.


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