I visited a car dealership in Manhattan. The dealership has about 400 feet of clear glass street frontage on it first floor where it displays its cars along the interior of that wall. On the interior there is a series of unmarked glass partitions perpendicular to the frontage running the length of the frontage - one partition every 10 feet. I was at the showroom recently for the first time. While looking at one car I turned to my left and walked directly in to one of the clear glass partitions resulting in lacerations to my face requiring stitches.
There are regulations concerning the use of unmarked glass partitions/doors etc. You should contact an attorney as soon as possible to discuss the viability of a claim and the extent of your damages.
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There is an administrative code section in the city of New York that deals with conspicuous marking of clear glass partitions. If there was no proper marking on the glass in this dealership, you may have a claim worth pursuing.
I suggest that you contact a local personal injury attorney for a free consultation. Good luck
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There should be markings on glass partitions or doors - in fact they may be required at more than one height above the floor to avoid this precise event. The nature of the lacerations and the possibility of permanent scarring will be evaluated by a personal injury attorney who can best advise you on how to proceed. The fact that you were not previously at the dealership will serve to counter any argument as to your own comparative negligence.
you have a claim worth pursuing.... Consult a personal injury attorney at once.... a timely investigation(photographing the interior) is necessary.... Good luck!
I agree with counsel. You should contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
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This is a claim worth investigating and pursuing. Seek the advice of an attorney as soon as possible and avoid giving any statements the the insurance carrier for the other side,
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Facial scars can be worth a lot of money, especially if your name is Gisele
Many years ago I handled a similar case against a large hotel on Miami Beach, Florida, when my client walked into an unmarked glass door. We successfully sued the hotel for maintaining an unreasonably dangerous condition.
You should obtain needed medical care and treatment immediately and follow the doctor's advice. Do not give any statements to the adverse party or insurance company nor grant them access to any medical records. Photograph the injuries and the damage done to any property. Contact a personal injury attorney in your area as soon as possible so that you can protect your rights. You may also find it helpful to review the Legal Guides I have published on Avvo.com dealing with many of the issues you are now facing. You can access my Legal Guides through my profile page on Avvo.
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While liability is not absolute, it would appear that you have a meritorious case.
I have successfully handled this type of case against a car dealer on Park Avenue in Manhattan. The fact that it is likely an administrative code violation to not properly mark the partitions and that violation is "some evidence of negligence."
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