Recovering Compensation After Halloween Accidents in New York

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This Halloween, you will most likely be out making memories and trick-or-treating with your child. Most parents cherish these memories, however, the night will quickly go downhill if you or your child is injured on another person鈥檚 property. Please read on to learn more about recovering financial compensation after a Halloween accident.

Do property owners have to make sure their yards are safe?

Property owners are always responsible for ensuring the safety of others, particularly on a day like Halloween. If a property owner knows that people will be coming onto and off of their property all night, he or she must ensure he does what he can to protect trick-or-treaters and their parents. This means keeping driveways and porches well-lit, avoiding fire hazards by using tea lights instead of candles in their pumpkins, and ensuring all debris is cleared away from walkways.

Can I hold a homeowner responsible for my child鈥檚 injuries?

Fortunately, you can, in what is known as a premises liability lawsuit. Essentially, if you or your child were injured as a direct result of homeowner鈥檚 negligence, there is a very good chance you will recover the compensation you deserve and need to help you get back on your feet again.

Do I need to hire an attorney to win a personal injury claim?

Hiring an attorney is the most crucial step in winning a personal injury claim. Insurance companies are businesses, which means their ultimate goal is to make money. If they can, they will most likely deny you the compensation you truly need. However, an experienced attorney knows how to collect and utilize evidence to prove your claim. For example, your attorney may use pictures of the safety hazard that caused your accident, surveillance footage of the accident, medical documents, eyewitness statements, police reports of the incident, and more.

What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York State?

The statute of limitations is a legal term used to describe the amount of time you will have from the date of your accident to file a personal injury claim against a negligent party. In New York State, the statute of limitations is three years. Generally, the sooner you file, the better. If you wait past the three-year mark, you will be barred from suing. Do not let this happen. Our firm is ready to get the claims process started.

Contact our experienced New York City firm

At Mark L. Bodner, P.C., we are committed to guiding clients through each step of the medical malpractice and personal injury claims process. Our firm understands how traumatic it can be when you become a victim of negligence. We are prepared to fight on your behalf to help you recover a maximum compensation award.聽Contact our firm today.