If you suffered injuries in a parking lot due to a trip, slip, fall or other danger, the owner and other entities responsible for the lot may be accountable for your injuries. Common injuries suffered in parking lots include head injuries, spinal cord injury and broken or fractured bones.
In general, business owners have a duty to maintain safe parking lots for its customers. This includes performing regular maintenance, having proper lighting or fixing defective conditions. When an owner of property fails to do these things to ensure the parking lot is safe, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
The first thing you must do after sustaining an injury is to contact the police. Be sure to notify them of everything that happened and seek immediate medical attention. If you were at a “box store” or other private property, the owner may want an incident report for their insurance company. If one is filled out, be sure to get a copy of it. Take photographs of the exact area where you fell and be sure to include reference points to determine what exactly caused your fall.
Most important, is to seek immediate medical treatment for your injuries. Last, contact an attorney who can begin immediate investigation of the incident and obtain any surveillance footage of the fall. It is important to investigate the premises before anything is changed or repaired by the owner of the property and preserve all necessary evidence to build your case.