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Protecting against premises liability

Employee and customer safety are top priorities for most businesses in New York. Anticipating safety hazards and taking steps to fix them is important as accidents may happen even when steps are taken to make a property as safe as possible. However, when a business owner takes steps to rectify an issue, it may be less likely that an injured customer can claim negligence and win a lawsuit.

There are a variety of safety issues that must be addressed to keep customers and employees safe at all times. It is important to keep up with building safety codes because a violation that leads to an accident is usually considered negligence on the part of the owner. If merchandise falls off a shelf or a customer falls on a wet floor, those could also be grounds for a premises liability lawsuit.

As a general rule, employees are supposed to work with management to maintain a safe working environment. They should point out hazards and take their safety training seriously. In the event that an employee is hurt, he or she may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. To protect against costs incurred in a personal injury suit, it may be in a business owner's best interest to purchase a general liability insurance policy.

If an employee or customer is hurt on a property owned by another person or company, he or she may want to talk with an attorney. A lawyer might be able to help the victim file a personal injury lawsuit against the owner of that space. In a personal injury case, an injured victim may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, lost future earnings and medical bills.

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