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Thousands of people in New York City live in apartments. Generally, New York City residents are happy with their living space and proximity to all the City has to offer. Unfortunately, sometimes people are injured due to a hazardous safety condition. When this happens, they unsurprisingly seek financial compensation to cover the cost of their medical bills, in-home care, and more. Injuries sustained due to a negligent landlord or property owner are inexcusable and should be addressed as soon as possible. If you find yourself in this situation, here are some of the questions you may have:

What most commonly causes apartment accidents?

  • Inadequate lighting: When a landlord fails to keep his or her premises well-lit, tenants will very often trip and fall over the cracked pavement, potholes, or other safety hazards that they may have avoided otherwise. 
  • Poor weather conditions: Snow and ice are well-known offenders in personal injury claims, and if you slipped and fell due to a landlord who neglected his or her duties to remove the safety hazard within the legally acceptable timeframe, there is a good chance you will be entitled to financial compensation.
  • Damaged flooring: Protruding nails, loose floorboards, and torn carpeting are all common causes of apartment accidents. Loose floorboards and torn carpeting are frequent trip hazards.
  • Apartment pools: When negligent pool owners fail to install all necessary barriers, fences, and take other necessary safety measures, people are very often injured as a result. Landlords should always have “wet floor” and other hazard warning signs on-hand.
  • Broken smoke or carbon monoxide detectors: Landlords should always ensure their tenants have working alert systems because when they do not, people can be seriously injured. 
  • Staircases in disrepair: If a handrail is not properly installed or secured, it may break loose from its fittings. Those who have been injured as a result will generally have a valid personal injury claim.

How do I recover financial compensation following a New York apartment accident?

To recover the financial compensation you need, you must first prove you were injured due to another party’s negligence. This is not always easy, so it is crucial you hire an experienced attorney who is ready to fight in your corner. Some of the evidence your attorney may help you collect can include medical documents, security camera footage, photos of the safety hazard that caused your injury, witness statements, police reports, and more. Do yourself a favor and hire a knowledgeable attorney today.

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