Bronx, NY asked in Personal Injury, Products Liability and Small Claims for New York

Q: My wife got drenched by gas station hose from it being defective. Can I do anything about that

Gas got into her eyes, that caused them to be red and she had to throw out her cloths

2 Lawyer Answers
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
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  • Products Liability Lawyer
  • Little Neck, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: I'm sorry for your wife's ordeal. I hope she recovers without any major problems. The answer to your question could depend on the severity and permanence of her injuries. Retain all medical records - once her immediate care is addressed, you could review with an attorney. Good luck for a healthy recovery to your wife.

Tim Akpinar

Jonathan R. Ratchik
Jonathan R. Ratchik
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  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: So sorry to hear what happened to your wife. Given that lawsuits are generally reserved when there has been a serious, permanent injury, litigation might not be the way to go. Moreover, the gas station would arguably not have any liability (legal responsibility) unless it either knew, or should have known, that the gas hose was defective. At a minimum report what happened to the gas station so that it can repair the hose so that this does not happen to someone else and take photographs and video of the defective gas hose. You can also ask them to pay for your wife's clothing and the cost of any medical care (no guarantee they will pay it). If your wife ends up sustaining a more significant injury to her eye apart from redness and irritation, consider hiring an attorney. You can find one using the Find a Lawyer tab on the JUSTIA homepage.

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