What to Do If You Were Involved in a Shopping Accident in NY
It happens almost daily in retail locations across the nation, a person is injured due to another person’s negligence. Most often, individuals are injured in slip-and-fall accidents while shopping.
It may be because an employee failed to completely dry the floor or a punctured container allowed rice to spill across the aisle. Regardless of the circumstances, if you are injured while shopping you need to consult with an attorney.
At Injured 914, we work tirelessly to secure fair and full compensation for individuals injured while shopping in Westchester County, NY. We provide dedicated representation to injured parties and their families, having recovered over $100 million on behalf of our clients.
If you were injured in a shopping accident, contact our office at (914) 368-7168 to schedule a free consultation.
What Are Common Shopping Accidents in New York?
The most common type of shopping accidents in New York and across the country involve slips, trips, and falls. According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), slip and falls result in over 1 million emergency room visits each year. In Westchester County alone there are an estimated 2,900 fall-related hospital admissions annually.
Slip and falls in grocery stores can be caused by:
- Squashed fruit
- Liquid detergent
- Spilled rice
- Recently mopped floors
- Dripping containers
- Ice and snow
- Uneven flooring
- Improper finishing on the floor
While slip and fall accidents are the most common, other types of incidents can also cause serious injury or even death. A New York federal jury awarded $9.9 million to a Costco shopper that was hit by an “out-of-control” shopping cart.
Where Do Many Shopping Injuries Happen in Westchester County?
Store owners are required to keep their property in a reasonably safe condition for shoppers. If you are injured because a property owner failed to keep their store free from hazards, you might be able to pursue a premises liability lawsuit.
Stores in Westchester County where accidents may happen include but are not limited to:
- Whole Foods
- Trader Joe's
- Stop & Shop
Nationwide, Walmart and Costco often have the largest number of fall-related claims filed against them.
What to Do If You Are Injured While Shopping
If you are injured while shopping in New York, you need to file a report with the store where the incident occurred. Filing a report creates a vital piece of evidence for your case.
In some cases, you may not realize the extent of your injuries, so you may be tempted to leave without reporting the slip and fall. The problem is that if you later realize you were injured, there may be no proof of the accident.
In addition to filing a report, you need to seek medical attention immediately. Once you are able, contact our office to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.
Injured at a Store? Contact Our Office.
Were you injured at a store in Westchester County? Contact our office at (914) 368-7168 to request a free, no-obligation consultation. There are no fees unless we win. Call now to get started.