Taking a trip to the supermarket is on everyone’s weekly to-do lists. Supermarkets are supposed to be safe environments where customers can shop for their necessities. However, supermarkets can be dangerous if hazardous conditions are left unattended. Store owners, managers, and employees have a responsibility to remedy any unsafe conditions to keep their customers safe from injury. Serious accidents and injuries may occur due to negligence. If you or someone you care about has been injured in a supermarket accident, contact an experienced New York City Supermarket Accident Attorney who can assist you in recovering reasonable damages for your injuries.
What should I do if I’ve been injured in a supermarket accident?
Victims should seek medical attention after they’ve been injured. Victims who are hurt in supermarket accidents can suffer minor to severe injuries. Whatever the case may be, victims should be properly assessed and treated by medical professionals. Injured individuals should also keep any pertinent medical records.
Victims need to notify supermarket staff about the incident and ask a manager for an accident report. An accident report will help you document the incident that inflicted your injuries.
Victims need to document the incident. Taking photographs or video footage of the hazardous condition can help prove negligence. For instance, if you slip and fall because a spilled liquid that has been knocked off the shelf has not been cleaned up, an injury may result. If there were no hazard signs, indicating customers to avoid this potentially dangerous area in the store, this is considered negligence. This should be documented to prove that the store owner, manager, or employees neglected their responsibility to keep their customers safe.
If there are other shoppers, supermarket staff, or anyone around that witnessed the accident, victims should get their contact information. Witnesses are important as they can back up your claim. If witnesses happen to capture any photographic or video evidence of the incident it can help prove your case. In New York City, victims must fulfill the burden of proof. Meaning, they must prove the supermarket was negligent in keeping a safe premise for their customers which resulted in injury.
What is the statute of limitations in New York City?
In New York City, if you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you can file a claim against them for damages. Victims have three years to file a claim, if they fail to file within this timeframe, they will be barred from ever doing so in the future. They will lose any opportunity to financial compensation for damages.
If you or someone you loved has been injured due to another party’s negligence, reach out to one of our experienced and dedicated attorneys. Our firm is committed to your best interest and ensuring you get the justice you deserve.