Many New Yorkers live in an apartment building. Living in an apartment usually means having a landlord. We assume that our landlords will keep the premises safe, but this is not always the case. In New York, property owners have a legal responsibility to keep their properties safe at all times. If they fail to do so, they can be considered negligent and held responsible for any injuries that occur as a result. Read on to learn more about apartment accidents in New York City and what to do if an injury occurs.
How do Apartment Accidents Occur?
Unfortunately, there are a lot of ways for an apartment accident to occur. Many of these accidents are due to landlord negligence. Some examples of negligence include defective smoke or carbon monoxide detectors, unsafe stairwells, mold/asbestos, and more.
Fulfilling the Burden of Proof
If you are injured due to your landlord’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. In order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to provide proof that this negligence occurred to cause your accident. You can do this by taking pictures and videos at the scene of the accident. If possible, document the hazardous conditions that caused your injury to occur. You should also go to the hospital right away. It is important to seek medical attention even if you do not feel like you have been seriously injured. This is because it is possible to sustain an injury without realizing it. Additionally, going to the hospital can ensure that your injuries are treated by a medical professional, while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Before leaving the hospital, you should ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents. Another important step is to contact an experienced personal injury attorney. An attorney may be able to gather further evidence of negligence. This may include police reports, security camera footage, and more.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an apartment accident in New York City, our firm is here to help. We will fight to recover the compensation you need and deserve to heal.
Contact our Firm
The Law Offices of George Poulos is an experienced Workers’ Compensation, personal injury, bankruptcy, and Social Security Disability law firm with offices in Queens and the Bronx. We understand the implications of a serious accident, which is why we take pride in tenaciously representing our clients. If you require strong legal representation, contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation.