Property owners have an obligation to keep their premises reasonably safe and to fix hazards that could cause harm to a visitor. There are many types of accidents and injuries that implicate the area of law known as premises liability, from dog bites and swimming pool accidents to slip and fall and negligent security cases. But if you’ve been injured on someone’s property, it will be up to you to prove it. And even if the hazard seems obvious, demonstrating the owner’s liability will be a challenge. Miller, Montiel, & Strano, P.C. explains the benefit of having experienced legal counsel behind you.
More than knowledge of the law
Understanding New York premises liability law is the bare minimum that any victim should expect from a law firm. But your attorney should also understand what it takes to build a winning case. Part of that is putting in the necessary effort to assemble a compelling argument for why you, the victim, deserve the maximum damages available under law.
When you retain our law firm, we get to work right away building a case on your behalf. That includes:
Conducting an investigation. We will thoroughly investigate why and how the accident happened. This may include interviewing witnesses who can provide factual testimony to support your case. We may also take photos or video of the accident scene and obtain copies of any surveillance footage in the area. The goal is to prove the property owner’s liability for your injuries.
Preserving evidence. We will take steps, as needed, to preserve the evidence that supports your claim. Often, negligent property owners destroy or hide proof of the hazard that injured the victim. By acting quickly we can make sure you have the evidence you need to present a strong case for damages.
Calculating your damages. We work with victims to determine a fair value of the losses they have already suffered, as well as future damages they are likely to incur. There’s only one chance to ask for monetary compensation, so we typically rely on expert witnesses to help come up with a reasonable projection of these future damages. We also gather the medical records, pay records, and other documentation needed.
Negotiating with the insurance company. The property owner’s insurer will likely attempt to settle the case without going to court. However, you must understand that insurance companies are not on your side. They will take advantage of you and are hopeful that you do not retain legal counsel who will explain your rights under the law.
Going to court if needed. While most premises liability cases settle without having to go to court, not all insurers are reasonable. If we believe the insurance company is not making a fair offer to settle your case, we can advise you of your options and take your case in front of a jury if needed. We are experienced trial lawyers who are ready to stand up for you in court.
Don’t Jeopardize Your Case By Going It Alone
The property owner and his or her insurance company will have dedicated legal counsel looking out for their best interests. Shouldn’t you? If you were hurt on another person’s property, let the premises liability team of Miller, Montiel, & Strano, P.C. go to work for you. Give us a call today to learn more.