In the state of New York, the law requires property owners to maintain their grounds in order to ensure the safety of others who come onto it. Retail store owners and their staff are required to comply with these laws. The failure to do so can cause shoppers to sustain severe injuries, such as broken bones, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, and more. When this happens, injured parties can pursue legal action to recover compensation for the damages incurred. Continue reading below to learn more and contact an experienced New York personal injury attorney for assistance with your case.
Who is Responsible for a Retail Store Accident?
By law, retain store owners and their employees owe shoppers a duty of care. This requires them to make sure their property is taken care of so that accidents do not occur and cause harm. There are a variety of different ways that a property can be maintained in order to ensure the safety of others. This can include conducting routine inspections of the property to ensure any hazards that do arise overtime can be discovered and rectified as soon as possible. Examples of hazards can include spilled liquids, uneven walkways, poor lighting, unsafe parking lots, construction hazards, and more. If the duty of care is not fulfilled, the property owner can be held responsible for negligence.
How Can I Prove Negligence?
After a retail store accident happens, the injured party is able to pursue legal action by filing a personal injury claim. To successfully recover compensation, they are required to prove negligence took place. This is possible by gathering evidence that shows the property owner did not take care of their grounds, thus directly causing their injuries. Evidence that can be helpful for a case can include actual notice or constructive notice. Actual notice can include any record that proves the store owner knew about the hazard. Constructive notice is if the property owner did not inspect their entire property efficiently. An experienced attorney can help to gather the proper evidence necessary to prove negligence.
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