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Most of us have been in parking lots within the last week, or maybe even within the last hour. Generally, we see parking lots as nothing more than something to pull into, or something to leave. However, sometimes, when a public property owner or motorist is negligent, people are injured as a result. Just as property owners are responsible for ensuring the safety of others, motorists are responsible for conducting themselves in a responsible, measured manner.

If you were involved in a parking lot accident, you were most likely seriously injured, which is why you are now seeking financial compensation to help cover the cost of your medical bills, in-home care, lost wages, and more. If you find yourself in this situation, please read on to learn about how our firm can help you on your way to a smooth recovery.

How do parking lot accidents happen?

Parking lot owners can behave negligently by failing to have snow, ice, or other debris removed within a legally acceptable period of time. Additionally, when property owners fail to sufficiently light their parking lot, patrons sometimes won’t even have a chance to see a potential safety hazard and trip and fall as a result. The bottom line is, public property owners are obligated to keep their property hazard-free, and if you were injured because a property owner failed to do so, you are most likely entitled to compensation.

Do I qualify for compensation if I was injured?

To qualify for financial compensation, you must always prove that the injuries you’ve sustained are due to another party’s negligence. Your attorney will work to uncover and assemble various types of evidence to prove your claim, including, though not limited to:

  • Pictures of the safety hazard that caused your accident
  • Security camera footage of your accident
  • Police reports
  • Medical documents detailing the severity of your injuries
  • Witness testimony confirming your claim

What is the statute of limitations for parking lot accidents in New York State?

The statute of limitations for parking lot accidents is three years, which means according to state law, you will have three years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury claim against a negligent party. If you wait too long, you will most likely be denied your right to sue, so hire a knowledgeable attorney who is ready to act now.

Contact our experienced New York 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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