General Liability

With a roster stacked with seasoned litigators and nationally recognized authorities in a number of critical legal disciplines, Goldberg Segalla brings exceptional strength and savvy to the defense of a wide range of liability claims. Our attorneys have a wealth of experience defending companies of all sizes in various industries, along with municipalities, school districts, and other public entities, in a broad spectrum of matters.

We have developed strong practices — with proven results — in a number of critical areas, including:

Premises liability — We defend cases involving personal injuries occurring to individuals while on the property of the owner or municipality, as well as in the workplace. We represent the insurers of major property owners, such as school districts, shopping centers and plazas, and other places where the public is accommodated.

Property damage — Goldberg Segalla has defended transportation companies, manufacturers, insurers, and others in a wide variety of property damage claims, including claims in the multi-million-dollar range. Our experience includes cases alleging property damage as the result of environmental contamination and construction.

Security — For cases involving claims of negligent security, we offer extensive trial experience with a commitment to early dispositive motions, creative settlement resolutions, and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) wherever possible. We frequently handle cases involving alleged failure to provide reasonable security measures, allegations a security officer or other agent of the facility failed to act to prevent an attack, injuries allegedly caused by security personnel or employees, assault and other violent crimes, and catastrophic personal injuries.

Automobile liability — We have extensive experience representing various companies’ insureds in automobile-related personal injury accidents. We work with well-known experts in the fields of accident reconstruction, biomechanical reconstruction, vehicle kinematics, etc., and we are well-versed in cases involving road and highway design. Our firm also has significant experience in matters involving uninsured, underinsured, and supplementary motorist (UM/UIM/SUM) coverage.

Construction accidents — We have litigated some of the leading cases in this ever-evolving arena, governed in New York by the New York State Labor Law. We defend numerous construction and related injury claims brought against general contractors, subcontractors, property owners, and other entities. For our insurer clients, we present a thorough knowledge of the complex issues of indemnification, whether contractual or common law, both of which frequently develop in the Labor Law cases.

Workers’ compensation — Our team handles cases involving both major and minor injuries, in the “accident” and “occupational disease” contexts.  We handle workers’ compensation litigation throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Missouri, Illinois, Maryland, and North Carolina, before all appropriate government agencies and courts and in all forums of alternative dispute resolution. We also counsel employers on ways to proactively reduce risk of worker injuries.

Civil rights claims — We have defended municipalities, law enforcement agencies, schools, and other public entities in a wide range of claims alleging violations of civil rights brought under 42 U.S.C. §1983. Our experience includes matters involving Fourth Amendment and other Constitutional rights, claims of malicious prosecution and wrongful death, and other alleged violations.

Dram shop claims — Our team has experience defending alcoholic beverage liability cases in multiple states, with clients ranging from corner taverns, standalone restaurants, and the local VFW to country clubs, restaurant groups, prominent national chains, and large theme park/entertainment/sports complexes. We have a proven record of obtaining favorable results — including in cases involving catastrophic personal injuries and multiple deaths.

We pride ourselves on the aggressive and cost-efficient manner in which we defend all claims. Our trial record and commitment to early dispositive motions is our hallmark of success. In matters of liability, we employ creative settlement resolutions and resort to alternative dispute resolution (ADR) wherever possible.

For more information on our capabilities and potential liability implications for your business, please see our Retail, Hospitality, and Development, Municipal and Governmental Liability, Transportation, Construction, and Workers’ Compensation Practice Groups.