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Parking lot accidents occur frequently and in many different ways. If you believe you were injured as a result of another property owner’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our experienced New York personal injury lawyers today to get started on your claim. Continue reading this blog to learn about parking lot accidents and how we can help if you have been hurt in one.

What are the common causes of parking lot accidents in New York?

There are various ways in which someone can get injured due to hazardous or dangerous conditions in a parking lot. At the Law Offices of Bryan J. Swerling, we have seen it all. Some of the parking lot accidents we most commonly see are due to:

  • Poor lighting
  • Potholes, uneven surfaces, and cracked surfaces
  • Snow, ice, and standing water
  • Loose debris
  • Hazardous material
  • Inadequate security

What should I do if I am injured in a parking lot accident?

If you were injured in a parking lot accident and are seeking to file a legal claim to receive compensation, it is most important that you obtain as much evidence after the accident as possible. If you are able, please follow these steps immediately after your accident:

  • Call 911 – the police will file a report and dispatch an ambulance.
  • Take pictures of the hazardous conditions on the premises and any injuries that were a direct result of those conditions.
  • Gather names, phone numbers, and emails from any witnesses of the accident. This can help provide evidence later on in your legal claim.
  • Seek medical attention to properly treat your injuries. Ask your doctor to provide you with medical documentation outlining the origin of your injuries and their severity.
  • Retain an experienced New York personal injury lawyer to obtain any additional evidence that can be key to your personal injury claim. For example, one of our attorneys may be able to gain access to security camera footage.

How can I prove negligence?

If you were injured in a parking lot accident and would like to hold the property owner responsible for your injuries, you must file a claim. Additionally, you will have to satisfy the burden of proof, which will consist of evidence from the accident that can point to the fact that the property owner knew of or should have known of the hazard in the parking lot and failed to fix it.

When filing a personal injury claim, it is very important to move as quickly as possible on your case. In New York, the deadline to file a personal injury claim, otherwise known as the statute of limitations, is three years from the date of the accident.

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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