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The city of New York is filled with apartments. When people choose to live in these buildings, they trust that their landlord will provide them safety by taking care of the property. If a landlord fails to fulfill their job by keeping acceptable living standards, it can result in dangerous accidents that have the potential to cause life-changing injuries. If you were involved in an apartment accident and wish to recover financial compensation as coverage for any damages, contact an experienced New York City personal injury attorney for assistance with your case. 

Causes of Apartment Accidents

An apartment accident can occur due to the carelessness of a landlord in a variety of ways. If they do not properly look after and maintain the grounds of the building, hazards can arise over time that threatens the safety of those who live there. This can include inadequate lighting, damaged or uneven flooring, unstable balconies, broken stairs or handrails, mold/asbestos, defective smoke/carbon monoxide detectors, unsafe pools, and poor weather conditions. 

Pursuing Legal Action Against a Landlord

Victims of an apartment accident who wish to sue their landlord for negligence must file a personal injury claim to begin the process. During this time, it is important to know that the individual must prove negligence. This can be done by showing that the landlord knew, or should have reasonably known about the hazard that caused their injuries and failed to address it. Evidence that can useful proof can include medical documentation regarding the injuries, pictures or video of the hazard, a police report of the incident, witness testimonies to back up your claim, and more. 

How Long do I Have to Sue a Landlord?

When a person is injured in an apartment accident, they only have a certain amount of time to take legal action against their landlord. This is because there is a statute of limitations in place, putting a deadline on the process. In the state of New York, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is three years from the date of the injury in order to file. If the victim fails to meet the deadline, they can be denied their right to legal action and not pursue the compensation they need. Do not let this happen. Contact a skilled personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your accident.

Contact our Firm

If you have been injured in a New York City car accident, Swerling Law is here to help. Our firm understands the challenges that many people face after being hurt in an accident and is prepared to help you receive an award of significant compensation to ease some of your burdens. To schedule a consultation with an experienced construction site accident attorney in New York City, contact Swerling Law today.


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