Businesses in New York try to please their customers as many businesses rely on customers to come to their stores and buy their products. So, they take pride in making sure that the store is welcoming, the service is good and people like their experience, so they come again and tell friends and family about the store. This means that store owners also have an interest in ensuring that their customers are also safe in their stores.
This last concern is actually a legal requirement as well. Store owners are required to keep their property free of dangerous conditions to prevent slip-and-fall type accidents from occurring. However, store owners do not always meet this requirement and accidents occur from time to time. This duty extends beyond just the inside of the store as well. Store owners must also keep the outdoor property they own free of dangerous conditions, but like accidents inside the store they occur outside too.
There are many different reasons that people could injure themselves outdoors, but some are more common than others. One is poor lighting. If an area is poorly lit people may not see cracks, holes, curbs, uneven sections of pavement all of which can lead to accidents and injuries. Another is poorly maintained parking lots and allowing holes, concrete to crumble and other issues. Another common reason is seasonal in nature, but ice and snow on sidewalks and parking lots lead to many accidents as well.
Over time everything deteriorates and store owners in New York are responsible for maintaining all parts of their property. If the owner maintains certain outdoor areas poorly and a person is injured as a result, the owner could be liable for compensating the victim. This compensation can help pay for lost income and medical bills incurred by the victim due to the accident. These are very fact-specific cases though and consulting with an experienced attorney could be beneficial.