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We may not always acknowledge it, but the world can be a dangerously unpredictable place. We face perils in even the most mundane settings. That said, property owners have a responsibility to take the proper measures to ensure your basic safety. If they have not and you have sustained injuries as a result, please read on, then contact an experienced New York City premises liability attorney to learn what you should do after a negligent security accident in New York.

What should you do after a negligent security accident in New York?

If you or a loved one have sustained injuries or death as a result of inadequate security measures, you must do the following:

  • File a police report if there has been criminal activity
  • Obtain statements from any witnesses
  • Obtain surveillance footage if it is available
  • Take pictures or video of the inadequate security conditions at the scene of the accident.

If you are not physically able to do this as a result of your injuries, you would be well-advised to reach out to a skilled New York City personal injury attorney who will undertake these steps for you.

How do you prove your personal injury case in New York?

Regardless of the neighborhood or the type of building, the property owner is ultimately responsible for keeping all guests safe while they are on his or her property. Shopping malls, grocery stores, parking lots, hotels, restaurants, movie theaters, bars, schools, hospitals, apartments and more are all subject to these laws. To prove your case, you will need to prove that the property owner failed to install a sufficient number of security cameras, failed to monitor them for suspicious behavior, failed to adequately train security guards, did not provide enough lighting for walkways, parking lots and other facilities, and/or failed to ensure that all locks on all doors were functioning as they should.

Do you need a New York City personal injury attorney?

Legally speaking, no, you do not need to engage the services of an attorney in order to file a suit against negligent property owners or your assailants. However, you should be advised that the defendants and their insurance providers will likely avail themselves of legal representation. The opposing parties have a great deal at stake and rest assured that they will do everything in their power to protect their property. You have already been victimized once. Do not let it happen again. Call us today.

Contact Our New York City Firm

If you have been injured in a New York City 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.


Settlement to a barista who slipped and fell on a defective stairwell while working for Starbucks who sustained back injuries requiring multiple surgeries in 2012.


Settlement to a woman who was assaulted and sustained back/hip injuries in 2015.


Verdict to a high school student who was assaulted by a school dean during her lunch period dislocating her hip in 2014.


Settlement to a man who was run over by a dump truck on a Brooklyn street causing him to sustain multiple injuries, including but not limited to a broken leg and detached urethra in 2019.


Settlement to a woman who slipped and fell down a wet stairwell in a New York City Housing Authority building requiring a back surgery in 2018.

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