Supermarket accidents can happen at any time. As a result, it is important to know how these accidents occur and what to do in the event of an injury. Read on to learn more about supermarket accidents in New York.
What Causes Supermarket Accidents?
There are numerous ways an accident can occur while supermarket shopping. Some of the most common causes include:
- Water spilled on restroom floors
- Inadequate security
- Unstable displays
- Improperly positioned floor mats
- Tainted or spoiled food
- Aisle obstructions
- Inadequate lighting
- Potholes in parking lots
- Slippery entrances and exits
- Falling items from shelves
What Types of Injuries Occur in Supermarkets?
Often, supermarket accidents are caused by slip and falls. As a result, accidents can lead to:
- Cuts and bruises
- Cracked pelvis
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Fractured hips
- Head wounds
- Fractured wrists and arms
What do I do if I am Injured?
If you are injured in a supermarket accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation. In order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to fulfill the burden of proof. In order to do this, you will have to notify the manager that an accident occured. This will allow him or her to file a report and it will ensure that it does not come as a shock if you decide to take legal action. You should also call 911. The police can send an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, and more. Be sure to take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident. If possible, document the hazardous conditons that caused your accident to occur. If anyone witnessed your accident, they may be able to corroborate your version of events. Make sure to seek medical attention. Going to the hospital will ensure that your injuries are properly treated while simaltaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.
How Long do I Have to File a Claim?
If you have been injured in a supermarket accident, you will have to file your claim as soon as possible. In New York, the statute of limitations is generally three years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within three years will mean losing the opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve.
Contact our Firm
The Law Offices of George Poulos is an experienced Workers’ Compensation, personal injury, bankruptcy, and Social Security Disability law firm with offices in Queens and the Bronx. We understand the implications of a serious accident, which is why we take pride in tenaciously representing our clients. If you require strong legal representation, contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation.