Everyone has the right to expect that they will be safe when they enter a business, public area or private property. If you or a loved one are injured in an accident caused by a property owner’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.
Premises liability is an area of law that allows people to take legal action against property owners whose failure to care for their premises results in injury to someone else. But it’s not always simple to obtain compensation in a premises liability claim, even when it seems obvious that the property owner is at fault. Owners and insurers often argue that a victim is at fault for his or her injuries.
If you’ve been injured in the Albany area, you need to contact an experienced premises liability attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights.
Contact the knowledgeable attorneys at Belluck & Fox. For more than 25 years, our premises liability lawyers have represented clients in accidents involving slip and falls, dog bites and other property hazards.
Our New York attorneys push for maximum compensation for each client, every time. We can help you recover the compensation you need to manage the cost of medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages.
Schedule a free consultation today to learn about your legal options.
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Our Lawyers Handle All Kinds of Premises Liability Claims
Premises liability claims can stem from many different types of oversights and omissions. Our legal team handles a wide variety of premises liability claims, including:
- Asbestos exposure
- Slip and fall accidents
- Toxic chemical exposure
- Failure to maintain property
- Dog bites
- Negligent security
- Faulty stairs or handrails
- Swimming pool accidents
- Amusement park accidents
- Building collapses
- Elevator and escalator accidents
- Snow or ice accidents
What Makes a Valid Premises Liability Claim?
By law, premises owners have a duty to keep guests safe from all foreseeable harm while on their property. Failure to do so can result in serious penalties. You could be eligible to seek compensation if you were hurt on the following types of property:
- Shopping malls
- Retail stores
- Commercial businesses
- Grocery stores
- Office buildings
- Parking lots
- Apartment buildings
- Concert venues
Victims have the burden of proof to show that their injuries are the result of the property owner’s negligence. The skilled attorneys at Belluck & Fox will handle all of the work for you.
From the moment you decide to work with us, we can take over all communications with the insurance company. We will collect all of the evidence, medical records, witness statements and relevant information needed to build a strong claim for compensation.
Types of Injuries
Premises liability cases can involve all sorts of injuries, including catastrophic ones that change the course of a victim’s life forever. Some of the most common types of injuries include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Pulled muscles
- Internal organ damage
- Neck injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
In the tragic event that a person is killed because due to a property owner’s negligence, certain family members could be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party.
If you have lost a loved one due to an accident on someone else’s property, talk to one of our compassionate attorneys today. New York has a statute of limitations that dictates how long family members have to file a wrongful death claim. If you miss the deadline, you could be barred from compensation forever.
Obtaining Compensation from New York Property Owners
States use different rules to determine who is at fault in cases involving negligence. Some prohibit injured people from obtaining any compensation if they are found even one percent responsible for the accident that injured them.
Not so in New York. It is a comparative fault state, which means that victims can still recover compensation even if they were partly at fault for their accident. However, the award amount will be reduced by the percentage of fault assigned by the court.
For example, if you are awarded $100,000 in a premises liability lawsuit but found to have been 25 percent at fault for your injuries, your compensation would be reduced accordingly and you would receive $75,000.
When a jury awards compensation in a premises liability case, the money is frequently a combination of economic damages and noneconomic damages.
- Economic damages refer to tangible losses that can be calculated and proven like medical bills, lost wages and property damage.
- Noneconomic damages account for types of harm that are far more subjective and cannot be quantified, such as pain and suffering, loss of consortium and disfigurement.
- Punitive damages may be awarded in a very limited number of cases, but they are exceptionally rare in premises liability actions. Punitive damages punish a defendant for particularly bad conduct, so a property owner would likely have to knowingly commit a grave safety hazard in order for punitive damages to be applicable.
Contact Belluck & Fox for a Free Case Review
If you were injured because a property owner did not fix or warn you about a dangerous condition on their premises, the qualified attorneys at Belluck & Fox will fight to make sure that you receive the compensation that you deserve. Our firm has the knowledge, skills and resources necessary to prove your case and help you obtain full and fair compensation for your injuries.
Over the years, our award-winning lawyers have recovered more than $1 billion on behalf of our clients, both through settlements and at trial.
Contact us to arrange your free case review. You will meet with one of our partners, who will review the circumstances of your claim and explain your legal rights. There is no obligation, and you owe us nothing unless we recover compensation for you.