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Most people live in apartments in New York City, most of which are rented from a landlord. Apartment accidents are common and are often the result of landlord negligence. If you were injured in an apartment accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our experienced New York personal injury attorneys to learn more about your options. Our firm is dedicated to ensuring that you receive the compensation that you deserve.

What are the most common causes of apartment accidents in New York?

Apartment accidents can happen in a number of ways. Nonetheless, it is necessary to understand that one of the most common causes is a result of landlord negligence. Some examples of common causes of apartment injuries include the following:

  • Defective or missing smoke/carbon monoxide detectors
  • Harmful molds or asbestos in the air
  • Damaged flooring, stairways, or balconies
  • Inadequately lit parking lots

Is it possible to file a legal claim about apartment accidents?

You will need to meet the burden of proof to file a legal claim if you were injured in an apartment accident. Essentially, you will need to prove that your landlord’s negligence was a proximate cause of the injuries you sustained. To support the chances of fulfilling your burden of proof, you should hire a qualified personal injury attorney who can support you. If you are able, take the following steps immediately after the accident:

  • Call 911 – The police will file an accident report and will dispatch an ambulance.
  • Collect contact information from any witnesses to your accident. The witnesses may be able to verify the events leading up to your accident.
  • Take photos and videos of the scene of the accident, including the cause of your injuries.
  • Seek medical attention to ensure that your injuries are properly treated. Ask your doctor for medical documents outlining the severity and origin of your injuries.
  • Hire an experienced and committed New York personal injury attorney that can accumulate additional evidence that could be pivotal to your personal injury claim. For example, your attorney may be able to get a hold of security camera footage.

How long do I have to file my personal injury claim in New York?

New York has a statute of limitations of three years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim. This means that if you fail to file within three years from the date of your apartment accident, you risk losing the chance to recover the compensation you deserve. Do not wait. Reach out to our firm today to ensure you are punctually filing your claim.

Contact Our Experienced 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.


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