Most people appreciate the charm of a quaint little bodega. They stay open around the clock and usually offer hard-to-find but popular products.
Brooklyn and the Bronx are home to several fascinating bodegas. You will usually find them cluttered with people and products, but that’s part of their charm. Unfortunately, the very elements that make these shops so charming can lead to slip and fall accidents.
Accidents are common in bodegas
Most New Yorkers enjoy patronizing bodegas, but many are hazardous to consumers. If you suffer an injury while shopping in your favorite bodega, you deserve compensation for your harm.
Although mom-and-pop shops are subject to health and safety laws, they lack the safety guidelines used in larger operations. As a result, they typically contain more accident hazards than a chain store.
For example, these shops are small and have limited storage space. The owners work around this by creating narrow aisles, typically overflowing with products. Customers often trip and fall over loose merchandise or improperly stored crates and boxes.
Slips and falls can also occur outside
Outdoor slip and fall injuries can also occur due to icy and snowy entrances or debris left on the sidewalk. Shop owners in New York are responsible for maintaining sidewalks outside their stores free of hazards. If they fail to do so and you suffer an injury, you have the right to seek financial restitution.
Slip and fall injuries are often minor but do not discount the possible dangers. If you hit your head during a fall, your harm could be much more severe than expected.
We suggest learning about premises liability claims and the state laws governing accident and injury compensation. This will help you find the ideal solution to address your harm.