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I recently had my watch stolen at my gym (value is $10,000).

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Hi, I recently had...

Hi, I recently had my watch stolen at my gym (value is $10,000). the police has two suspects they are looking for. I understand gyms have a disclaimer that all thefts are not their responsibility, however the gym acted irresponsible by allowing these two suspects into the locker room. When I saw their application, their forms were not even filled out completely (nor accurately), and they failed to even get a photocopy of their drivers license, which should be a pretty standard procedure in my opinion

Lawyer's Assistant: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location.

Do you think I have a valid claim to sue based on negligence and sue the gym for the theft ($10,000) ? NY NYC to be exact

Lawyer's Assistant: What steps have you taken so far?

Police took a report, I provided the serial # to my watch, police did a DNA test for prints. I called Rolex to let them know of the theft. I have email the gym explaining my situation

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

I think that is it

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ok thank you.
Lawyer: Nisha Jones,
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New York is a comparative negligence state.

This means that you can still recover monetary damages, even if a defendant alleges that you the plaintiff are partially at fault for the loss (ie. leaving items "at your own risk" in a gym locker room).

You're correct in that the gym was possibly negligent in failing to properly screen and collect these individual's data, which could have prevented the theft, or at the very least could have aided in the apprehension of the perpetrators.

You should consider meeting with a local civil attorney to discuss the possibility of filing a lawsuit against the gym.

You can contact the New York State Bar for a referral to a civil lawyer in your area.

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