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Unfortunately, accidents can anywhere and at any time. Individuals can sustain significant injuries while visiting a business or a public place. Oftentimes, business or property owners fail to exercise a reasonable duty of care for their patrons which results in serious accidents. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of a business or property owner’s negligence, please don’t hesitate to contact an adept Westchester County Slip and Fall Lawyer who can help you get the justice you deserve. In addition, please continue reading to learn what steps you should take after this type of accident. 

What steps should I take after sustaining an injury in a business or public place in New York?

Oftentimes, victims make the mistake of thinking business or property owners will be automatically liable for their injuries since they were injured on their premises. However, to seek monetary compensation for their damages, victims are required to prove the business or property owner owed them a legal duty of care, they breached that duty of care, and the breach of their duty of care directly caused their injuries and damages. To fulfill the burden of proof for a premises liability claim, victims should take certain steps after the accident. Victims should:

  1. Seek medical attention. Victims should seek immediate medical attention after sustaining an injury while visiting a business or public place. Even if their injuries seem minor, they should still have their injuries examined and treated by healthcare professionals. In addition, it is important to keep track of all pertinent medical records. Medical records can help prove the extent and severity of the victim’s injuries. It also can help prove the economic damages a victim has suffered as a result of their medical expenses.
  2. Notify the business or property owner of the incident. Victims should notify the appropriate parties about the accident. This will help record the incident. In addition, it will also ensure the appropriate parties are aware of the dangerous conditions and will remedy them to prevent any further accidents. Victims should also file a police documenting the accident.
  3. Collect any witnesses’ contact information. Witnesses are vital to having a strong case. Often, victims are shell-shocked by the overwhelming situation that has occurred, making it difficult for them to recall pertinent details of the accident. However, bystanders that witnessed the tragic events unfold can help establish fault. Victims need to gather any witnesses’ contact information as they can help support and corroborate a victim’s claim later on.
  4. Speak with a qualified Westchester County Slip and Fall Lawyer. With years of experience, our determined lawyers can assist victims to investigate the circumstances of the accident that caused their damages. In addition, they can help collect pertinent information to support their claim. Our legal team can also ensure victims don’t make the mistake of waiting too long to take legal action.

If you have suffered an injury while visiting a business or public place, you may be eligible for compensation. In New York, victims have three years from the date of the accident to file a claim against a negligent party. Allow our skilled team members to help you file a claim within the right time frame. This will ensure you have an opportunity to seek reasonable compensation for your economic and noneconomic damages.