New York Supermarket and Retail Store Accident Attorneys
When you enter a supermarket or other retail store in New York, to browse or to shop, there is a reasonable expectance of safety. You have every right to assume that the store and the aisles will be well maintained, free of hazards and debris, and free of anything remotely slippery on the floor. Supermarket and retail store owners and staff have a responsibility to have their facility welcoming and safe for any guest who visits. All too often a quick stop at the supermarket or an afternoon out with friends turns tragic because of a lack of maintenance or careless merchandise displays that are unsafe. Unsuspecting customers can be seriously wounded, with some folks having to go to the hospital instead of home to dinner with their families. When a supermarket or retail store owner and staff fail to live up to their responsibility of providing a safe environment for the guests who enter, they break the laws of premises liability, and their victims may be due financial compensation. If you or a loved one have been the victim of an accident at a supermarket or retail store, call The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC, today. With more than a century of experience, we have been fighting for the rights of accident victims and we can get you the compensation that you deserve.
What types of conditions cause an accident at a supermarket or retail stores?
A supermarket or retail store has a high potential for danger if not properly maintained because of the nature of the things they carry and the vast amount of merchandise as well. There are any number of conditions that could pose a serious threat to any innocent patron. Here are some of the most common causes of accidents seen on a regular basis:
Produce or Spilled Liquids – These items create slippery conditions on supermarket and retail floors. If they are not cleaned up properly or in a timely manner, they can create a huge liability. Additionally, a warning sign should be posted until clean-up is complete and floors are adequately dry.
Unsafe Floor Mats, Carpets, or Tiles – Floor mats should lay flat. Many times they can end up being wrinkled or rolled half over which pose quite a tripping hazard, especially for those who already have a hard time walking, like the elderly, the disabled, or young children. Carpet should not be torn or frayed, and it should be free of wrinkles. Broken tiles can also pose tripping hazards.
Careless Positioning of Merchandise – Merchandise should not be stacked precariously or on a display that is not sturdy. Merchandise that is too high, if not positioned correctly, has the potential to fall on an unsuspecting victim below.
Debris in Aisle Ways or Stairwells – Scattered debris among the aisles or along stairwells pose a safety risk to consumers trying to maneuver their way around. It can cause people to trip and fall, things could fall on top of them, or the debris can send people tumbling down the stairs.
There are many other conditions that may also cause injuries such as improper lighting or broken glass from merchandise causing serious cuts. Floors that have been recently mopped and not properly marked can also pose a grave hazard. The list goes on and on. Business owners and staff must work hard to maintain a safe environment for consumers and for guests on a regular basis.
How can I tell if I have a supermarket or retail accident claim?
There are certain conditions that must be satisfied in order to substantiate a supermarket or retail store accident claim. These cases can be particularly complicated and usually involve lengthy investigations. These are the main conditions that must be satisfied for a premises liability claim in a supermarket or retail store accident:
- You must have been a guest, a shopper, or other authorized visitor of the supermarket or retail store.
- The owner and/or staff knew, or should have known about the hazardous condition, and they either did not do enough or did nothing to fix the problem.
- The injuries that you sustained are a direct result of the accident caused by those hazardous conditions.
If you have been involved in an accident in a supermarket or retail store, you should seek legal counsel immediately and call The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC for a thorough review of the events that led to your injuries.
Should I fill out an accident report at the time of my injury?
In many businesses, it is common practice to generate an accident report after an injury has occurred. This, however, does not mean that you need to sign the report or fill anything out. It is actually better that you do not sign anything or give any statements before speaking to an attorney. Doing so could void your potential right to financial compensation for your injuries. This also includes written reports and recorded statements for insurance companies. They will understand if you politely inform them that you need to speak with your attorney first. If a company report is generated after an accident, it is a good idea to send a written request for a copy of it after you have received the medical attention needed for your injuries. You will also want to keep a record of such request and provide it to your attorney.
How long do I have to file a supermarket or retail store accident claim?
Every state is different with regards to the statute of limitations on a personal injury case. The state of New York imposes a strict three-year statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim. If you wait longer than three years, then the court will not hear your case, and you right to financial compensation will be lost. With that being said, if you think you may have a supermarket or retail store accident claim, it is best to seek legal counsel immediately. The sooner an attorney is able to investigate, the more evidence will be available, and the stronger your case will be.
Call an aggressive New York supermarket and retail store accident attorney today
If you or a loved one have suffered a serious injury in a supermarket or retail store, contact The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC, today. Our highly skilled attorneys work closely with experts in the field to investigate diligently while preparing and presenting the strongest argument available so you can recover the full amount of financial compensation in your case. We will take the time to listen to you, review the medical records, and thoroughly investigate your case. You can call the toll free number at (877) 675-4529 to schedule an initial consultation with a supermarket and retail store accident attorney that has the fortitude to handle your case aggressively. You can also fill out our easy consultation request form and we will get in touch with you shortly. At The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC, we have over a century of experience diligently representing supermarket and retail store accident victims and their families, and we will fight for your rights to get you the financial compensation that you are entitled to and deserve.