Kingston Retail Store Slip-and-Fall Attorneys
When you visit a business, you expect that the owners and staff of that business will go out of their way to ensure the premises are clean and safe for customers. While some hazards may develop in the blink of an eye, making it impossible for store employees to have eliminated the hazard in time to avoid an accident, many slip-and-fall injuries could have been prevented if store management had only dedicated the necessary time to regular store inspections and maintenance. If you’ve been hurt in a slip-and-fall accident in a retail store, you may have a right to be compensated for your injuries. Contact the knowledgeable and effective Hudson Valley personal injury and slip-and-fall lawyers at Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP for a free consultation on your case.
Premises liability for retail stores
Every business that invites customers onto its property has a duty to keep that property in reasonably safe condition, free from hazards that could cause injury to customers. If retail store staff or owners are aware or should be aware of a slipping hazard, but fail to take steps to prevent customers from slipping and falling, they can be held legally responsible for the injuries that result from accidents.
Store owners may try to claim that there was no reasonable way to prevent the accident. They’ll argue that they inspected the store’s premises regularly for any hazards or spilled liquids, and that the hazard must have arisen right before the victim slipped and fell. While, if true, this would make a valid defense to a slip-and-fall claim, these claims are often disprovable. At Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, our skilled personal injury attorneys will conduct in-depth investigations into the facts surrounding an accident in preparation to defeat these types of arguments. We’ll use evidence such as eyewitness testimony and surveillance footage to demonstrate to the court how an accident could have been prevented, had store management acted responsibly, ensuring that you receive what you’re owed on a claim for damages.
Slip-and-fall injuries can be serious and long-lasting
Not every slipping or tripping accident will result in serious injuries or liability for a store. However, some accidents that could have been prevented cause serious injuries to victims. Common slip-and-fall injuries can include:
- Bruises to skin or bones
- Ligament or tendon pulls or tears
- Broken noses
- Cracked or chipped teeth
- Joint sprains or strains
- Concussions or other traumatic brain injuries
- Broken wrists or fingers
- Cracked hips or pelvises
Call an Attorney Soon After a New York Retail Store Slip-and-Fall
Don’t let important time limits for filing a claim pass you by, or allow important evidence to be lost or destroyed. After a New York retail store slip-and-fall accident, contact the dedicated, experienced, and trial-ready personal injury lawyers at Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP for a no-cost consultation at 845-236-4411 (Marlboro), or 845-331-4100 (Kingston).