The law in New York requires all property owners to keep their grounds safe. This means that retail store owners and the staff they employ are required to do so in order to ensure the safety of their shoppers. If they fail to do so and a retail store becomes dangerous, shoppers can be involved in accidents that cause severe injuries. This can include broken bones, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, and more. It is because of this that injured parties can pursue legal action against the negligent party to recover compensation for these damages. Continue reading below to learn more and contact an experienced New York personal injury attorney for assistance.
Who is Responsible for a Retail Store Accident?
Retail store owners and their staff in the state of New York owe shoppers a duty of care. This means they are required to take care of the grounds they own and run so that it does not become hazardous. There are many ways a retail store can be properly maintained, such as conducting routine inspections of the property. This allows the owner and/or staff to discover any hazards that arise and fix them immediately. Examples of hazards can include spilled liquids, uneven walkways, poor lighting, unsafe parking lots, construction hazards, and more. In the event that the hazard is not rectified, the negligent party can be held liable for the injuries that occur as a result.
How Can I Prove Negligence?
After a retail store accident causes injuries to shoppers, they can pursue legal action through a personal injury lawsuit. During this time, they are required to prove negligence occurred due to the property owner not keeping their grounds safe, thus directly causing the accident and injuries. This can be done with various pieces of evidence, such as an actual notice or constructive notice. Actual notice can be any record that proves the store owner knew about the hazard. Constructive notice can be if the owner did not inspect the entire property. An experienced attorney can help to gather the proper evidence necessary to prove negligence.
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A personal injury accident can have a great impact on your life and your bank account. At Katter Law Firm, we believe that everyone should be held liable for his or her own negligence; you should not have to bear the burden of someone else’s mistakes. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, visit us online or call us today!