Businesses are typically held accountable for the accidents that occur within their facilities, but what if an injury occurs in their parking lot? Whether it’s due to potholes, uneven pavement, snow/ice, or even rain, parking lots present many different opportunities for accidents and injuries at no fault of your own. If you’ve experienced an injury in a parking, you’re most likely wondering if you can seek compensation for damages. The answer is yes, you can in some cases, but it is a bit complicated.
Any kind of fall has the potential to cause serious injuries, especially with asphalt and pavement involved. The injuries experienced in these circumstances typically range from cuts and abrasions, to broken bones, traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. Many of these injuries can result in major medical bills accompanied by a length recovery time. If your injury was due to someone else’s negligence, you may seek compensation through filing a personal injury lawsuit, but first you must determine who is at fault.
The responsible party may not always be who you think it is. Oftentimes, parking lots are owned by the business, but other times it may be owned by another business or even the government. It can be quite complicated to determine liability in these instances, so it can be very helpful to have a personal injury attorney on your side.
If you’ve fallen and injured yourself in the parking lot at your workplace, it is possible to file a workers’ compensation claim under certain circumstances. If you were injured while doing your job, you may file a claim. This includes walking to your vehicle if you have a job that requires you to drive. However, if you’re injured in a car accident on the way to work, or just walking through the parking lot to leave, you may not be covered. An attorney can help you determine if you have a good workers’ compensation claim on your hands.