There’s a common misconception that you must be physically injured by another party to file a personal injury or negligence lawsuit. That is not true. In legal terms, “injury” or “loss” can take many forms, including financial losses.
We recently represented a client who lost over $100,000 worth of valuables from what should have been the safest place to store them – a safety deposit box at the local branch of a national banking institution.
As reported in the Orlando Sentinel, a school teacher had been using a safety deposit box at a local bank to safeguard family heirlooms, jewelry, cash, and gold coins for 13 years. When she went to open the box in 2017, she discovered the box was missing and the bank had no idea where it was. Eventually, a box was found, which the bank assured her was hers. However, upon opening the box with the help of a locksmith, none of our clients belongings were inside (to date, our clients’ items are still missing).
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Soon thereafter, the teacher approached us for help, wondering if she had any sort of legal recourse for the loss of her property. The way our personal injury attorney, Andres Beregovich, saw it, she did.
Negligence Plays a Key Role
At the heart of the matter are the bank’s actions. The bank should have protections in place to prevent the loss of safety deposit boxes and the property they contain, but somehow a loss or theft occurred anyway. This is negligence.
When a person or entity neglects to fulfill the duty entrusted to them or takes actions that lead to the failure of that duty and it results in a loss or injury to another party, it is possible for victims to pursue negligence claims.
Even though our client did not suffer a physical injury, she has suffered a substantial loss, not just in terms of money, but she has also lost items that cannot be replaced. Although it is unlikely she will ever recover her property, we can help her recover financial compensation for her losses, which she can then use to pay the expenses she had planned to pay with the items in her safety deposit box.
Questions About Personal Injury? Contact Us!
There are many nuances in a personal injury situation. The best way to determine if your situation qualifies as a negligence case is to speak directly with Andres Beregovich, personal injury attorney.
Call The Beregovich Law Firm at (800) 631-9009 or email us to arrange a consultation and discuss your situation. There is no obligation and no charge for consultations. We only get paid if you win your case.