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Can You Receive Compensation from a Store if You Are Injured in Syracuse?

When you’re out and about doing a bit of shopping, the last thing you expect is to be injured as a result of the store owner or manager’s negligence. The truth is, however, that accidents like this are more common than you likely realize, and the losses experienced can be very high. Fortunately, you can receive compensation for your losses, and the surest path forward is with an experienced Syracuse premises liability attorney in your corner.

Premises Liability Claims

One of the most common forms of premises liability claims is the slip and fall accident, but other examples include:

  • Injuries incurred as a result of inadequate security
  • Fires
  • Elevator and escalator accidents

Regardless of the kind of accident that leaves you injured, you can seek just compensation for your legal damages – or losses that are covered by the law – if your injuries were caused by the property owner or manager’s negligence.

The Elements You’ll Need to Prove

There are four basic elements you’ll need to prove regarding your premises liability claim.

Duty of Care

To begin, you’ll need to show that the property owner has a responsibility for your safety, which is known as having a duty of care. This part is easy – if you were at the location legally, such as being a customer in the store, you were owed a duty of care.

Breached Duty

You’ll also need to prove that the store’s owner or manager failed to fulfill that duty of care. This comes down to failing to implement the same level of safety measures that other property owners do under similar circumstances.

Direct Cause

Next comes proving that the store owner’s negligence was the direct cause of the accident that left you injured. For example, if the store owner allowed a spill to go unattended and, as a result, you slipped and fell, their negligence was the direct cause of your slip and fall accident and resulting injuries, which can include a broken bone, a traumatic brain injury (TBI), a spinal cord injury, or any other kind of serious injury. 

Finally, you’ll need to demonstrate that you suffered losses that are covered by the law, including:

  • Medical bills, including those related to ongoing healthcare needs
  • Lost income, including losses related to your earning potential
  • Your physical and emotional pain and suffering

In order to obtain fair compensation, you’ll need to prove your full range of losses, and your esteemed premises liability attorney can help you with that.

The formidable Syracuse premises liability attorneys at Steve Foley Law Firm have the experience, keen legal insight, and resources to help you obtain the compensation to which you’re entitled after being injured by a store owner’s negligence. For more information about what we can do to help you, please don’t hesitate to reach out and contact us online or call 716-249-2222 today.