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  • Writer's pictureLeitner Varughese Warywoda

Seeking Damages in a Premises Liability Lawsuit

People do not file personal injury lawsuits just so that they can have the last word. A lot of people entertain the possibility of doing this, and they might even contact a personal injury lawyer about it. Once the lawyer explains how the process of a premises lawsuit works, most people will decide that it isn’t worth the trouble. The only ones who will move forward with it are the ones who really need the money and the ones who have enough money to go through a legal battle whether or not they prevail in a lawsuit; the first category is much larger than the second one.

In other words, premises liability cases and other lawsuits related to personal injuries are about getting enough money to attend to your health instead of constantly worrying about the debts you have incurred because of an injury caused by the defendant. To find out more about how much money you can reasonably request in a premises liability lawsuit, contact a New York trip and fall accident lawyer.

The Different Kinds of Damages in Personal Injury Lawsuits

In a premises liability lawsuit, a customer who got injured in a preventable accident at a place of business sues the company for negligent failure to maintain safe conditions on the premises. To win the lawsuit, the plaintiff must prove that their injuries are the result of the accident at the defendant’s place of business and that the defendant could reasonably have known about the danger and prevented the accident.

Plaintiffs in premises liability lawsuits can request the following damages:

  • Economic damages- Economic damages are reimbursement for the money the defendant’s negligence caused you to lose. This figure always includes accident-related medical expenses, including hospital stays, physical therapy, medical devices, prescription drugs, outpatient treatments, and doctor’s office visits. It can also include lost income if you have to miss work for more than a few days because of your injuries. If your injuries are severe, your economic damages can include future medical expenses and lost income.

  • Non-economic damages – This amount is meant to compensate you for the physical and emotional pain you have suffered because of a preventable severe injury. The worse your injuries, the greater the non-economic damages. Economic and non-economic damages are both types of compensatory damages, meaning that they are reimbursement for the plaintiff’s losses.

  • Punitive damages – The court might order the defendant to pay financial penalties in cases of extreme negligence. A famous example is the case where a court ordered McDonald’s to pay millions in punitive damages after it served coffee at a near-boiling temperature to a customer, and she suffered severe burns when she spilled the coffee while sitting in her parked car.

Contact Leitner Varughese Warywoda PLLC About Premises Liability Cases

A premises liability lawyer can help you if you got injured in a preventable accident while you were a customer at a place of business. Contact Leitner Varughese Warywoda PLLC in Brooklyn, New York, or call (212)671-1110 to discuss your case.


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