Parking lots are one of the blandest, least noteworthy aspects of anyone’s day. However, when a pedestrian or patron is involved in a parking lot accident, he or she will usually sustain severe injuries as a result. This is why individuals involved in parking lot accidents very often seek financial compensation to help cover the cost of their lost wages, medical expenses, and more. If you have been involved in a parking lot accident, here are some of the questions you may have:
How do parking lot accidents happen?
Though there are several hard-luck, “wrong-place-wrong-time” injury stories, the unfortunate reality is that most injuries occur due to negligence. When people are injured in parking lot accidents, it is usually either at the hands of a negligent property owner or a negligent motorist. Public property owners are responsible for keeping their property hazard-free, by removing loose debris, snow, or fixing potholes and other safety hazards. Additionally, motorists must always check for pedestrians. When a motorist does not see a pedestrian, hits the pedestrian, and the pedestrian is injured as a result, the motorist can be held accountable with the help of an experienced attorney.
How are people injured in parking lot accidents?
Some of the most common injuries sustained in parking lot accidents are as follows:
- Head trauma
- Psychological damage
- Neck trauma
- Spinal injuries
- Back injuries
- Deep cuts
- Wrongful death
How do I know if I qualify for compensation?
To qualify and receive financial compensation, your attorney will have to prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. However, this is not always easy, so you must always hire an experienced attorney who knows how to effectively gather and present information to the insurance companies. Your attorney may use security camera footage of your accident, medical documents, police reports, pictures of the safety hazard, witness statements, and more to prove your claim.
What does “statute of limitations” mean?
The term “statute of limitations” refers to the amount of time you have from the date of your accident to file a personal injury claim against a negligent party. The sooner you file your claim the better. In New York, the statute of limitations is three years. If you fail to file a claim within three years, you will be barred from filing a lawsuit. Do not wait.
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. Contact our firm today.