Most of us trust that our apartments are safe for us to live in. However, that is not always the case. Apartment accidents happen frequently in New York City. If you were injured as a result of a negligent landlord, contact our firm today to discuss your options. Our experienced New York personal injury attorneys are dedicated to ensuring you obtain the compensation you deserve.
What are the most common causes of apartment accidents in New York?
There are several different ways apartment accidents can occur. The most common, however, is landlord negligence. Landlords have a duty to ensure that their property is safe for their tenants and visitors, however, if they fail to do so and someone is injured as a result, they may be held responsible. Some examples of landlord negligence may include the following:
- Defective smoke or carbon monoxide detectors
- Unsafe stairwells
- Mold or asbestos
- Failure to remove snow or ice
- Apartment pools without necessary boundaries or safety measures
- Inadequate lighting
What should I do if I was injured in an apartment?
If you were injured as a result of your landlord’s negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation. If you would like to pursue legal action, it is critical that you obtain as much evidence as possible beginning immediately after your accident. If you are able, take the following steps:
- Call 911 – The police will dispatch an ambulance and file an accident report.
- Take photos and videos of the scene of the accident, including the dangerous conditions that caused your injury.
- Collect contact information from any witnesses to the case or other tenants that can confirm the unsafe apartment conditions.
- Seek medical attention to ensure that your injuries are properly treated. Ask your doctor to provide you with medical documentation outlining the severity and origin of your injuries.
- Retain the services of a skilled New York personal injury attorney that can help you gather more evidence for your case. They may have access to security camera footage, police reports, and more.
How long do I have to file my apartment accident claim?
The state of New York has a statute of limitations of three years. This means that if you fail to file your claim within three years of your apartment accident, you will likely lose the opportunity to file your claim and win the compensation you deserve.
Do not wait to get started on your claim today. Personal injury cases are time-sensitive and need to be filed as soon as possible. Contact our firm to ensure you are promptly meeting your deadlines.
Contact our Firm
The Law Offices of George Poulos is an experienced Workers’ Compensation, personal injury, 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.