What to Do if You’ve Been Injured on a Commercial Property
The owners of commercial properties are under a legal obligation to meet certain standards that will ensure that visitors to their businesses stay safe. Still, despite the premises liability laws that are put in place to protect consumers, countless people are injured each year in accidents that take place on commercial properties. These injuries range in severity and can result in costly damages to those who are injured. A premises liability lawsuit allows injury victims to fight for just compensation for the physical, emotional, and financial losses that may have been incurred as a result of such an accident. Attorney Gary A. Zucker and his associates have experience representing commercial premises liability cases in the Brooklyn, NY area and can advise clients on what steps to take if someone is injured during an accident on commercial property.
Types of Commercial Premises Injuries
Although commercial property owners are required to take necessary precautions to prevent visitors to their properties from becoming injured, commercial premises liability accidents are common. These injuries are often a direct result of negligent or reckless actions taken by the property owners, renters, or employees. Some of the most common types of injuries on commercial properties include:
- Slips or falls due to slippery surfaces
- Injuries from falling inventory
- Shopping cart injuries
- Elevator or escalator injuries
- Puncture wounds from exposed pins, nails, etc.
- Cuts or abrasions from sharp fixtures
- Parking lot injuries (due to snow, ice, oil, or other slippery substances)
What to Do after an Accident
Commercial property owners are required to carry premises liability insurance. However, the insurance provider will have their best interest at heart, as opposed to that of the accident victim. Whenever possible, the insurer will try to settle a claim quickly while providing the minimum amount of financial compensation. In order to build a strong commercial premises liability case, accident victims should take the following steps after sustaining an injury:
- See a medical professional: Even if your injuries are not immediately apparent, it is important to be examined by a medical professional. Many injuries will not result in noticeable side effects right away.
- Do not make a statement: It is important not to discuss the accident or injuries with the property owners or insurance providers until consulting a premises liability lawyer. Again, insurance agents will be looking for a quick settlement and it is important to understand your legal rights before moving forward.
- Contact a lawyer as soon as possible: Time is of the essence when it comes to commercial premises liability cases. Not only is there a limited timeframe in which these cases can be filed, it is also important that our attorneys be able to work quickly to collect the evidence that will be necessary to build a strong case.
Schedule a Consultation
With over 30 years of experience representing premises liability lawsuits, Gary A. Zucker can be trusted to handle your case with professionalism and skill. Schedule a consultation with Mr. Zucker at your earliest convenience to go over the details of your case and discuss your best course of legal action.