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This Black Friday, consumers will be swarming stores all over New York City. Though we’ve all heard of Black Friday madness, retail stores are still responsible for ensuring their premises are safe for customers at all times. If you have been injured in a retail store accident, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation to help cover the cost of the damages you have incurred. Here are some of the questions you may have regarding the claims process going forward:

What are some of the most common causes of retail store accidents?

With Black Friday coming up, retail stores will need to ensure they have adequate security present to prevent incidents of chaos or violence. Retail stores may also be held responsible for accidents caused by falling items from shelves, spills left unattended in the aisles, runaway shopping carts that cause collisions in parking lots, and more. These are all common causes of retail store injuries, though unfortunately, they are also some of the most preventable.

Are retail stores responsible for injuries sustained on their property?

As long as you can prove that you were legally in the store either as a visitor, business invitee, or licensee and were injured due to another party’s negligence, there is a very good chance you will be able to recover the financial compensation you deserve. If you were legally in the retail store at the time of the accident, the store owed you a duty of care. If the store owner, manager, or staff acted negligently, breaching that duty of care, and you were injured as a result, you should be able to hold the store responsible.

To prove your personal injury claim, your attorney may use security camera footage of the accident, pictures of the safety hazard that caused the accident, witness statements, police reports of the incident, and more.

What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York?

The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York is three years. This means that you are allowed three years from the date of your accident to file a premises liability lawsuit against a negligent retail store. If you wait past the three-year mark, you will no longer be allowed to sue. Do not let this happen. We are ready to fight for the compensation you need to get back on your feet once 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 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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