While much has changed during the coronavirus pandemic, laws that require businesses to ensure their properties are safe for customers have not changed. If you suffer a slip and fall accident while at a grocery store or another essential business open under New York City COVID-19 restrictions, you may be due compensation for your injuries.
Essential businesses may be short-handed and workers may be overloaded and neglect unsafe conditions or property hazards that can lead to fall accidents. Potential slip and fall hazards such as spills, cluttered aisles, damaged flooring, or inadequate lighting might go unaddressed while business focuses on ensuring social distancing and sanitizing surfaces.
The New York City slip and fall injury attorneys at David Resnick & Associates are reviewing injury cases during the COVID-19 pandemic. We offer free remote consultations to evaluate cases and discuss your legal options. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, contact us today. Phone us at (212) 279-2000 or contact us online.
Safety Concerns While Shopping Essential Stores During Coronavirus
Many businesses in New York remain closed. Shopping in New York City’s retail establishments during the pandemic is no longer a simple chore or leisurely pastime. Understanding what is available and preparing to venture out are more complicated if we are to shop safely for the essentials of daily life.
Under New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s shutdown orders, essential retail businesses that remain open include:
- Grocery stores, including all food and beverage stores
- Convenience stores
- Farmer’s markets
- Gas stations
- Restaurants/bars (but only for take-out/delivery)
- Hardware and building material stores.
Our experience as NYC personal injury lawyers for more than 20 years has taught us that, unfortunately, the coronavirus is not the only potential hazard to your health at a NYC retail establishment. At any essential business, a slip and fall accident could leave a customer seriously injured.
Fall accidents in grocery stores, restaurants and corner markets are often caused by such hazards as:
- Wet and slippery floors
- Uneven flooring
- Torn carpeting
- Debris and other obstructions in walkways
- Inadequate lighting
- Damaged steps / stairways
- Potholes and other pavement defects.
New York law requires property owners to correct such hazards in a reasonable amount of time or to give visitors adequate warning of the hazard until it is corrected. When store operators neglect their legal duties and someone is injured because of a property hazard, the injured individual has the right to seek compensation for their medical bills and related expenses due to the accident.
David Resnick & Associates will work to recover just compensation for you if you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident while shopping in New York City. The experienced New York City premises liability lawyers at our firm may be able to recover damages for you for medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering.
Prompt Response to Your NYC Slip and Fall Accident
If you have been significantly injured in a slip and fall accident at a New York business property that was not your fault, our knowledgeable lawyers can begin work on a potential claim for you with a free, no-obligation legal consultation.
You can begin to build evidence for your claim by either you or a companion taking certain steps immediately after your fall injury:
Report your accident. Let the store manager know you have fallen and been injured. Tell the manager that you want to file a report and get a copy of it. If they do not have a form to fill out or another notification process, get an email address and, as soon as you can, send an email describing what happened to you and when.
Get accident scene evidence. If anyone saw your accident, ask for his or her name and contact information. Take a photo or video of the hazard that caused you to fall. Take photos / video of your injuries, torn clothing, damaged jewelry or shoes, or any other damage or loss caused by your fall. Set your phone / camera to ensure your video or pictures are date-stamped.
Get medical care. If you have been injured, you need medical care. This also creates an official record of your injuries and the extent of the treatment you required. This will be the basis of an injury claim.
Start an injury evidence file. Save documents connected to your accident and medical care, including doctors’ bills, letters or e-mails from insurance companies. Save the clothes and shoes you were wearing when hurt.
Be wary of insurance companies. You may hear from the business’s insurance company. Their job is to make sure the company pays you as little as possible, so be careful what you say. An insurance adjuster will use your words against you to reduce your claim payment or deny it outright if they can. State only facts about your accident and never blame yourself or accept blame for what has happened to you.
Call a lawyer. The best way to deal with insurers after a slip and fall accident claim is to say, “Please contact my attorney.” It is especially important to consult an attorney before you sign anything or negotiate with the property owner’s insurance company. At David Resnick & Associates, one of our experienced slip and fall lawyers can review your case and outline what a proper insurance settlement should include. As your attorneys, we will fight for you to recover full and fair compensation for your injuries.
Contact a David Resnick & Associates NYC Slip and Fall Lawyer
As New Yorkers take precautions to stop the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, they may still encounter undisclosed hazards when they shop for groceries and other essentials. If a business owner’s neglect has led to you being injured in a slip and fall accident in New York City, contact David Resnick & Associates today.
Our skilled injury attorneys will do everything possible to get you the maximum compensation available for your fall injuries. Call us at (212) 279-2000 or contact us online to get started.