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Someone Broke Into My Car at the Grocery Store. Can I Sue the Store?

You park your car, grab your bags, hit the lock button on the key fob, and dash into the store for just a few items, but when you run back out again – hands full – you discover your car has been broken into! What do you do? Who do you call? There aren’t any witnesses around… is it the store’s fault?

Sadly, the answer is more than likely no. Unless the store had prior notice of an unusual number of break-ins in their lot for the time period immediately prior to your car’s damage and they did not take reasonable action in response to them, it is very difficult to hold them responsible. If, however, your vehicle was harmed as a result of the facility’s neglect or misconduct and/or they did not act with the care necessary under these circumstances, you may have a legitimate negligence claim.

Immediately following the discovery of damage or theft from your car in a grocery store parking lot, call 911 and notify store management. Ask to see if they have any security cameras of the area where your car was parked, and scan for witnesses who may have seen something and can provide an eyewitness account of the incident. Take photos of the area and the damage as you discovered it. Ask the store to fill out an incident report and request a copy to provide to the police and to your automobile insurance company. You’ll want to contact them to inquire how they recommend handling the damages, and you’ll want to call the legal professionals at Daniella Levi & Associates, P.C.

We are dedicated advocates for our clients, fighting to get to the truth of what happened and using every available resource to obtain the compensation they deserve. We are proud to provide personal attention through our team of dedicated professionals, aggressive advocacy, open communication, and caring guidance. We understand the fundamentals of automobile insurance, personal loss, and financial challenges that arise following an incident resulting in unexpected damages. We work with you and for you to help you recover that which you deserve.

Seldom does the store readily assume responsibility. Proving negligence on their part can be difficult. Your committed legal specialists at Daniella Levi & Associates, P.C. are uniquely qualified in the state of New York to pursue those at fault for your losses, ensure quality repair to your damaged vehicle, and get you safely back on the road as soon as possible. We will reconstruct and analyze the conditions that led to the damage to your vehicle in order to acquire the maximum compensation for the harm you’ve sustained and any losses from theft you may have incurred. Our mission is to make you – and your vehicle – whole again.

With more than 75 years of combined experience, Daniella Levi & Associates, P.C. have successfully recovered more than $100 million for our valued clientele. We ask nothing of you to take your case, and we never collect anything unless we recover compensation on your behalf. If your car was broken into in a grocery store parking lot, give us a call today.

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