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New York City is one of the best places to go shopping in the world. Unfortunately, even an activity is fun and seemingly benign as shopping can be dangerous. There are a number of ways to sustain an injury in a store, and these accidents can be severe.  Read on to learn more about retail store accidents in New York City.

How do Retail Store Accidents Occur?

There are many different ways a retail store accident can happen in New York. Often, negligence is the main cause. If a property owner does not take care of the premises, certain hazards can arise and threaten the safety of shoppers. Common hazards that can cause accidents in a retail store include poor security, poor lighting, uneven walkways, spilled liquids, merchandise falling from shelves, and more.

Who is Responsible for a Retail Store Accident?

In New York, store owners and their employees are responsible for maintaining the premises at all times in order to keep shoppers safe. This can be done by conducting routine inspections to ensure that there are no dangers. If there are any dangers present, they must be fixed immediately. Failing to conduct these inspections or remove any hazards can be considered negligence. If a shopped is injured as a result, he or she will likely be able to recover compensation for the burdens he now faces as a result.

How Long do I Have to File a Claim?

Generally, 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 too long, you will be barred from taking legal action. This will mean losing the opportunity to recover the compensation you need and deserve to heal. Contact an experienced attorney to avoid missing any important deadlines.

If you have been injured in a retail store accident in New York City, you may be eligible to recover compensation. Our firm will fight for you. Reach out today to discuss your case.

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 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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