Have You Been Injured Due To Commercial Property Owner Negligence in New York or New Jersey?
Business owners have a duty to maintain their property in a manner that does not threaten the safety of clients, visitors, or individuals who are simply passing by. If you have been injured due to a property owner’s negligence at a shopping center, grocery store, or any other commercial establishment, talk to a New York or New Jersey personal injury attorney to determine if you have a premises liability claim.
In many cases, victims suffer life-altering injuries that require months or even years of medical treatment and physical therapy. When victims are injured in commercial property accidents as a result of another person’s negligence, they are often approached by their insurance companies and offered minimal settlements. Insurance companies do not have your best interest in mind and the last thing they care about is the health and wellbeing of victims.
These companies are only concerned about their bottom line. Their primary goal is not to ensure you get the medical treatment and care you need to recover, but that you quickly sign away your legal rights to file claims against those at-fault in the future. Rather than speaking with the insurance company, you can benefit greatly by reaching out to a premises liability lawyer from Metro Law.
If you have been injured in an accident as a result of a commercial property owner’s negligence, you must act quickly to protect your legal rights. Seeking the assistance of our New York and New Jersey premises liability lawyers will ensure you are able to get full and timely compensation that you can use for medical expenses and other costs you face moving forward.
From our office locations in Newark and in New York, the lawyers and staff of Metro Law represent clients who have been injured on commercial property. Our lawyers are familiar with the laws of both states. We can review the circumstances surrounding your accident and help guide you toward getting the justice you deserve. For a free consultation to discuss your legal options, call (973) 721-9984.
What is Premises Liability?
Premises liability is a subset of personal injury laws in both New York and New Jersey. Victims who are harmed in accidents while on another person’s property may be protected by these laws. In general, anyone who is a protected guest visiting a property in the area can recover compensation to alleviate their damages following an accident so long as the owner or manager of the property engaged in negligence. Some of the most common types of accidents surrounding premises liability claims include animal bites, construction accidents, and slip and fall accidents.
Examples Of Commercial Premises Liability
Business owners have a duty to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition. If a commercial property owner allows a dangerous property condition to exist, they can be held responsible for injuries resulting from the condition. The attorneys at Metro Law routinely represent clients who have been injured in the following types of commercial premises liability accidents:
- Dangerous sidewalks
- Dangerous staircases
- Objects falling from store shelves
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
- Dangerous animals
- Broken elevators
- Exposure to toxic fumes
- Lead paint exposure
- Drowning and being injured in a swimming pool
- Exposure to sharp objects
- Unguarded pool areas
- Slip, trip, and fall accidents
- Uncovered wells, manholes, or drainage ditches
- Accidents resulting from inadequate security or lighting
There are differences in commercial premises liability law in New York and New Jersey. If you have been injured in any business or commercial building in New York or New Jersey, we can explain the state-specific laws that apply to your injury case and help you explore your options.
Where Commercial Property Accidents Occur
In New York and New Jersey, there are thousands of places where accidents can occur. Every day, we see people harmed in slip and fall accidents, struck by falling objects, and subjected to other dangerous conditions. In many instances, these accidents are caused by the negligence of property owners. Regrettably, there is no location that is completely safe for guests. As a result, we see countless people harmed in accidents in locations like:
- Grocery stores
- Nursing homes
- Medical facilities
- Parking lots
- Office buildings
If you have been harmed in an accident, due to the negligence of a property owner, you must act quickly to protect your legal rights. Seeking the assistance of our New Jersey premises liability lawyers at Metro Law can make a significant difference in your ability to get justice.
Shopping Center Accidents
When accidents take place at shopping malls and supermarkets, both the property owner and those in charge of maintaining the property can be held liable for injuries and damages. In some instances, you may have multiple claims for your injuries. First, you will need to file a claim against the owner of the property. The owner is required to protect visitors from being exposed to dangerous conditions.
Next, a claim can be made against the person who is responsible for maintaining the property. Essentially, if you are harmed within a retail store inside the shopping center, the owner and manager of the retail store can also be held liable for your resulting damages.
As you can see, there can be several layers involved when it comes to personal injury claims when accidents on commercial property occur. This is why it is imperative that you seek the guidance of a skilled legal team that can help you pursue legal action against every party who can be held liable.
Common Injuries from Commercial Property Accidents
Victims who are harmed due to commercial property owner negligence are often required to undergo extensive medical care. Here in the New York metropolitan area, we see numerous people left to deal with painful injuries for several weeks or even months after being involved in their accidents. Some of the leading injuries victims endure include:
- Broken Bones
- Knee or Hip Injuries
- Back Injuries
- Dislocated Joints
- Neck Injuries
- Muscle Strains
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Spine and Nerve Damage
Although there are many treatment options available for victims who suffer these injuries, they come at a significant cost. For this reason, our New Jersey premises liability lawyers at Metro Law will help you recover the maximum amount of compensation available for your claim.
How Metro Law Can Help You
Our New York personal injury lawyers truly understand the challenges that victims face after being involved in accidents. For this reason, we will take all of the legal work off of your hands so you can focus on recovering from your injuries. Our lawyers will get to work immediately on building the strongest case possible to protect your legal rights.
Our New York premises liability lawyers at Metro Law truly understand how difficult it is to overcome painful injuries following an accident on another person’s property. For this reason, we work to help innocent victims hold wrongdoers to account. Our lawyers will fight to protect your legal rights and advocate to ensure your best interests are reflected every step of the way.
We provide each client we work with an array of services. These include:
- Gathering information and evidence from the scene of the accident.
- Gathering records surrounding the property, its owner, and any history of negligence.
- Taking pictures of the scene of the accident.
- Determine the value of your claim based on the damages you endure.
- Dealing with insurance companies while negotiating full and timely compensation.
- Helping you get the medical care you need for your injuries.
- Protecting your legal rights and best interest in the trial, whenever necessary.
Our New York premises liability lawyers are committed to helping you collect full and fair compensation that you can use to cover the economic and non-economic damages you face moving forward. Some of the damages our lawyers will help you recover from your accident include compensation for:
- Lost income while you are out of work to recover.
- Reduced earning potential due to being left permanently disabled from your injuries.
- Cost of medical treatment for your injuries.
- Long-term care expenses related to therapy, rehabilitation, and other costs you face in the future.
- Mental anguish.
- Emotional distress.
- Physical pain and suffering.
- Loss of consortium.
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement.
Our lawyers will evaluate the circumstances surrounding your accident, gather the strongest evidence possible to present your case, and fight to get you justice.
When Should I File My Claim?
If you are harmed in an accident as a result of a negligent commercial property owner, you have a period of up to two years from the date of the accident. Although you are afforded this length of time to pursue legal action, it is in your best interest to file a claim as soon as possible. Waiting to take legal action can jeopardize your chances of having all of the evidence you need to prevail. By reaching out to our personal injury lawyers as soon as possible, we can get started on your case by gathering evidence, collecting records, and more.
It is important to know that there is truly no way to predict how long it will take for you to recover compensation for your legal claim. Depending on the complexity of your case, it can take two years or more to reach a settlement agreement or a verdict. Cases that go to court will generally take longer and cost more money. For this reason, many insurance companies are more than willing to settle without going to court.
What is Comparative Negligence?
Both New York and New Jersey recognize comparative negligence when it comes to premises liability claims. This law provides people with the ability to recover compensation following their accidents even if they were in some way at fault for the incident taking place. However, in order to recover, our share of liability for the accident cannot exceed that of the defendant.
When a person is found to be partially at fault for their accident, the percentage of fault will reduce the amount of compensation that they are able to recover. Insurance companies are well-aware of how comparative negligence works in our area. For this reason, insurance companies will argue continually that you contributed to the accident and should be assigned some percentage, if not all, of the liability. This is one of the most commonly applied defenses when it comes to personal injury claims in New York and New Jersey.
For this reason, it is important that you retain the legal guidance of a skilled premises liability lawyer from Metro Law. Our lawyers are well-aware of the tricks that insurance companies play. We do not let our clients get taken advantage of by self-serving insurance companies. Instead, we present clear and convincing evidence that demonstrates how the defendant is at fault for the accident and just why they should be held fully accountable for your injuries and damages.
Contact a Premises Liability Attorney Now
Every day, hundreds of people across New York and New Jersey are harmed in accidents while visiting homes and businesses across the state. When people suffer life-altering injuries as a result of negligent commercial property owners, it is only right that they get justice.
For more than 40-years, the New York and New Jersey premises liability attorneys at Metro Law have stood next to victims who have been harmed in accidents through no fault of their own. Our lawyers fight to help injured victims hold wrongdoers to account so they are able to recover. Through responsive and aggressive presentation, we are able to help each client we work with get the justice they deserve while collecting the maximum amount of compensation available for their legal claims.
If you are injured in a commercial property accident, due to the negligence of a property owner, contact our New Jersey and New York premises liability lawyers today by calling (973) 721-9984. Schedule a free case review with our law firm so we can discuss the circumstances surrounding your accident and the legal options available to help you move forward.