In Brooklyn and New York City, parking lots and parking garages allow commuters and visitors easy access to a variety of commercial, private, and public properties, including schools, office buildings, shopping centers, apartments, airports, and more. Property owners are responsible for the conditions of their parking structures. They have an obligation to keep the surfaces reasonably clear of hazards. Some conditions that can lead to parking lot accidents include:
If you are the victim of a slip and fall accident, you need to consider your legal options. Contact an attorney as soon as possible. If you need our legal services, contact us today.
If a property owner knew or should have known about the conditions that caused your serious injury, you may be able to recover damages that could cover your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and legal bills. Property owners have an obligation to regularly monitor their property for hazards. When they do not meet that obligation, they are considered “negligent.” Most conditions that cause parking lot accident can be avoided. Regarding weather-related conditions, a property owner is obligated to clean the surface of snow and ice within a reasonable amount of time after a storm. The term “reasonable” depends on the municipality in which you reside. If you hurt yourself within that time, you have taken the risk to walk in hazardous conditions, relieving the property owner of any liability.
The first and most important thing you should do after a slip and fall is seek medical attention. When your medical needs are met, you are also documenting the injury and where it took place. It would be in your best interests to document your surroundings as well. Obviously, detail the place, time, and the hazardous condition. If you are able, take pictures with a camera or cell phone. Weather-related conditions can change by the minute, so collecting evidence may be time sensitive. If anyone witnessed your injury, ask them for contact information so that you may call upon them to support your personal injury claim.