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Holding Property Owners Accountable For Negligence

Residential and commercial property owners are responsible for ensuring the safety of residents and patrons. When they fall short of those duties, serious and sometimes fatal injuries are often the result. At Rutberg Breslow Personal Injury Law, we are committed to helping victims of hidden property dangers.

Specific areas of our practice include:

Fires And Explosions

Fires and explosions cause devastating injuries and deaths. Over 2 million burn injuries are reported annually in the United States. At least 600,000 of them require medical attention.

Common causes of fires and explosions include faulty appliances, careless cooking, smoking, misuse of heaters and electrical malfunctions. We also see injuries and deaths caused by negligent repair, maintenance, installation of heating systems and mistakes people make during fuel deliveries. Around the home, the misuse of gas grills, propane heaters, and aerosol products are the cause of many explosions. Chemical burns can also occur with the careless mishandling of substances like Drano, paint solvents and bleach.

At Rutberg Breslow Personal Injury Law, our “hands-on” approach is nowhere more pronounced than in cases involving fire or explosions. We work with current and retired authorities such as forensic engineers and other “cause and origin” experts to determine how it happened and who is to blame. When necessary, we go with them into the damaged building to gather photographic and physical evidence to protect the rights of our clients.

The law says that burn victims are entitled to compensation for their past and future terror, pain, suffering, disfigurement, and disabilities, as well as for medical expenses, lost income and other economic loss. In cases of death by fire or explosion, the victim’s family may be entitled to compensation.

Dangerous Conditions In Public Or Private Property

If you have suffered injuries because of unsafe buildings and grounds or dangerous conditions in stores, malls, and other places of business, your case falls into an area of law known as premises liability. This type of claim may happen in all sorts of premises – a private home, retail business, cultural or sporting event, public or private walkway. The legal responsibility of the property owner varies according to the particular facts of the case.

For you to be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries, an attorney must first prove that the property owner was negligent. In this situation, the owner is negligent if the owner knew about the dangerous situation or should have known about it and did nothing to fix or prevent injury. It is not uncommon for the condition that caused the accident to be repaired, covered up or removed by the property owner immediately following the accident. Premises liability claims require immediate, skilled investigation to ensure a successful result.

Defective Playgrounds And Parks

All too often, children suffer injuries at playgrounds, areas we expect to be fun and safe. Similar to dangerous grounds and places of business, injuries resulting from unsafe playgrounds fall under the area of personal injury law known as premises liability. Playgrounds are required to meet certain standards to ensure the safety of children, including a satisfactory level of supervision, equipment quality and condition, and proper fall surfaces.

Every year thousands of children are seriously injured at unsafe playgrounds. Understandably, children at play can get hurt with no one to blame. If a child is hurt at a playground through no one’s fault, there is no case. However, injury claims are proper when those responsible for equipment selection, repairs and maintenance of playgrounds have not done their jobs. By filing an injury claim, you will help ensure that playgrounds are kept safe for our children in addition to obtaining fair compensation for your child.

Take Action And Contact Us Now

At Rutberg Breslow Personal Injury Law, we work hard on behalf of those injured by the negligence of others. We are experienced in premises liability claims, and we will help you and your family receive just compensation. We handle cases all over the state of New York. Contact us for a free consultation or call 845-846-8120.