General Negligence

Burden & Hansen, LLC has decades of experience defending clients against myriad negligence claims involving property damage, bodily injury, and wrongful death throughout New York State and Western Pennsylvania.

We build a formidable defense through thorough investigation, a detail-driven discovery process, and our considerable trial experience.

Our attorneys represent all types of public and private businesses, including municipalities, school districts, police departments, transportation firms, medical professionals, hospitals and other healthcare-affiliated institutions, nursing homes and assisted living facilities, developers, general contractors and subcontractors, builders, manufacturers, retailers, property owners and managers, and hospitality industry businesses, such as amusement parks, entertainment venues, hotels and motels, convenience markets, stores and restaurants.

The firm defends against the full scope of negligence claims, from those involving injuries sustained in slip-and-fall/trip-and-falls, accidents involving recreational vehicles (ATVs, snowmobiles, jet skis, boats), elevator/escalator accidents, recreational activities and sports, and animal bites, to allegations of food adulteration, defective products, and negligent security. We handle cases from the notice of claim stage to resolution, either through motion practice, mediation or settlement, or trial. We are often called upon to take over the defense of cases in advance of mediation or trial or to coordinate with other counsel to prepare for trial. We excel at appellate practice.

A rigorous investigation and tenacious discovery enable us to craft a strategy aimed at reducing or eliminating exposure and employing creative methods to moving cases along and resolving matters quickly, when possible. We are skilled in employing applicable defenses and immunities in the defense of our clients’ interests. Throughout the litigation process, our goal is to resolve a matter efficiently and in a cost-effective manner while providing our client with the most formidable defense possible.