Business owners have a legal obligation to take care of their grounds. Failing to do so can result in serious injuries. Read on to learn more about how you can protect your business in New York.
What are the Three Legal Classes of Visitors?
When discussing premises liability law, there are three main ways a visitor can be classified. These classifications include:
- Invitee: A person who comes onto a property as an invitation. This does not have to be in writing. In terms of a business, the invitation is to transact business for the mutual benefit of both parties.
- Licensee: A guest for personal reasons, not relating to business or commercial. For example, a person invited to a house for dinner can be a licensee. Business visitors are almost always invitees, not licensees.
- Trespasser: A person who comes onto a property without an invitation and is usually violating trespassing laws. This may be if a customer refuses to leave when they are asked or they are a burglar. Business owners are not required to keep trespassers safe but cannot purposely cause harm to them.
What are Common Causes of Injury Claims?
Accidents can occur on business property in a number of ways. Some of the most common causes of accidents include:
- Slippery surfaces: Slip and fall accidents can be caused by rain, snow, ice, spills, wet or waxed floors, etc.
- Faulty stairs and escalators: Stairwell, elevator, and escalator accidents can happen due to broken railings, slippery steps, and mechanical failures.
- Falling merchandise: When an object falls off a shelf, it can injure both employees and customers.
- Physical obstacles: This can include poorly placed electrical cords, protruding furniture, floor mats or door moldings, door stops, fallen merchandise, etc.
- Inadequate lighting: Curbs, physical obstructions, steps, potholes, etc. may not be seen without proper lighting can cause accidents.
- Parking lots: Concrete car stops, potholes, misdirected cars, uneven pavement, poor signage, construction, criminal activity, etc. can cause accidents.
- Sidewalks: Broken, cracked, or uneven sidewalks can cause accidents. While business owners are not responsible for government-controlled sidewalks, they can be for sidewalks adjacent to their business.
- Food poisoning: Customers can end up sick as a result of poor food handling, poor storage, or the transmission of disease from employees at food-service locations.
If someone has been injured on your property, you may need to retain the help of a skilled personal injury attorney. Contact our firm today to discuss your case.
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