Finding the right apartment in New York City can be challenging as it must check certain boxes. This includes being safe premises as there is nothing worse than feeling unsafe in your own home. When signing a lease, many people put a significant amount of trust in their landlords. As tenants, they trust that their landlord is meeting their legal duty to uphold and maintain safe premises to prevent serious accidents and injuries. However, unfortunately, many landlords breach their legal duty which results in devastating injuries. If a landlord is negligent and fails to address hazardous conditions, and a tenant or guest suffers harm as a result, they may be held responsible. Keep reading to learn when your landlord may be held liable for an injury and discover how our trusted New York City Apartment Accident Attorney can help you hold negligent parties accountable.
When is my landlord liable for my injuries in New York?
If you suffer an injury while on the premises of the apartment or home you rent, you may wonder whether your landlord can be held liable for your injuries. As mentioned above, landlords may be held liable for injuries if they fail to maintain a safe environment. Legally, landlords are required to remedy issues that pose a threat to the safety of tenants and guests in a timely manner. If they fail to fix the issue promptly and someone is injured as a result, they can be held accountable for their negligence. For instance, if you were walking up the staircase and there was a hole in the stair, causing you to fall and get injured, the landlord would be negligent. They failed to fix the hole in the step, therefore, their negligence directly caused your injuries. If they remedied the unsafe staircase, your injuries could have otherwise been prevented.
However, before you can recover monetary compensation for your damages, you will be required to fulfill the burden of proof. Essentially, this means you must prove to the court that your landlord was negligent in maintaining a safe environment which directly caused you to become injured. If you can prove this, you may be able to receive reasonable compensation for your economic and noneconomic damages. As a note, economic damages are calculable losses while non-economic damages are subjective losses.
In the unfortunate event that you or a loved one have been injured due to your landlord’s negligence, please don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our skilled and determined team members. Our firm will work tirelessly to help you achieve a favorable outcome. Our firm is committed to helping our clients seek monetary compensation for their damages. Allow our firm to represent your interests today!