The parking lots and parking garages of White Plains, the Bronx, and all of Westchester County allow easy access to a variety of commercial, public, and private properties, including office buildings, schools, shopping malls, apartments, and airports, just to name a few. Property owners are responsible for the conditions of their parking structures. They are liable to keep the surfaces reasonably free of hazards that can cause parking lot accidents. Some of the conditions that can lead to dangerous conditions in a parking structure include:
If you have been injured because of a parking lot accident, you have a lot to consider about the future. You should contact an attorney as soon as possible. If you decide you need legal services, do not hesitate to contact The Law Offices of Daniel A. Kalish to assess your case and effectively represent your interests.
Premises liability, negligence, and parking lot surfaces
A property owner may be liable for your injuries if he or she knew about the problem or should have reasonably known it existed. Property owners need to regularly monitor their property for hazards and when they do not, it is considered negligence. If you can prove that factor, you may be able to recover damages to cover medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and legal fees. Most hazardous conditions in a parking lot or parking garage could have been fixed and if you are hurt because the problem was not amended, you should contact an attorney. In regards to weather-related hazards, New York law states that property owners need to clear their surfaces of ice and snow within a reasonable amount of time after a storm ends. What constitutes “reasonable” depends on the village, town, or city in which you reside.
Actions after a slip and fall accident in a parking lot
The most important thing you can do after a slip and fall accident in a parking lot is to seek medical attention. You benefit from the medical care while documenting the injury. If you are seriously injured, call the authorities to help you immediately. If there were witnesses, try and collect their contact information for future contact. They may be able to verify that you have been injured from the negligence of a property owner.
If you can, gather evidence
Right away, when you call for medical attention, you are starting the process of collecting evidence by documenting the injury. In court cases, you have the burden of proof and you will be responsible for offering evidence that the property owner knew or should have known about the condition. After you call for medical attention, it may be in your best interests to take pictures of the conditions which caused your injuries if possible. Especially with weather-related conditions, time is of the essence as this condition can change by the minute.
Contact a White Plains law firm that will fight for your interests
The Law Offices of Daniel A. Kalish has handled a multitude of cases related to White Plains, Bronx, and Westchester County parking lot slip and falls. If you have been injured because of the negligence of a property owner who neglected the responsibility to his or her parking structure, contact our firm. We will investigate the matter, guide you through your options, and effectively represent your interests. Our firm is committed to seeing that you are justly compensated for your injuries. If you need an attorney with a passion for the law and a commitment to clients, contact The Law Offices of Daniel A. Kalish today.