Long Island Inadequate Apartment Security Lawyer
When injuries occur through criminal acts in an apartment building or complex because the property owner failed to provide adequate security, the injured party may have a claim against the negligent property owner, landlord or other responsible party.
Criminal assault cases often result from broken locks on gates or doors, failure of security guards to act, lack of surveillance or lack of response to protect victims during a crime in progress. Resulting injuries may include gunshot or knife wounds, physical blows, rape or even death.
Property owners have a duty to take reasonable measures to protect the safety of tenants and visitors. If they are negligent in that duty and serious injury results, the injured victim may have a premises liability claim. Premises liability involves more than just slip-and-fall accidents. It applies to any unreasonably dangerous condition that results in injury to someone who is lawfully on the property, provided the property owner’s negligence contributed to the injury.
At Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, our experienced Long Island personal injury lawyer can evaluate your case and determine who may be held legally liable for your injuries. Our firm is selective in the cases we take, but you can rest assured that if we accept your case, we will fight aggressively for the maximum damages you are entitled to receive.
Contact us now to find out how we can help you. The consultation and claim evaluation is free.
Premises Liability Claims for Inadequate Apartment Security
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The basis for premises liability claims for inadequate security is the concept that property owners and managers have a duty to protect people on the property through reasonable security measures. When property owners cut costs by providing inadequate security, tenants and visitors who become victims of crime as a result may be entitled to compensation for their losses.
If you have been injured in a criminal act that was allowed to occur because of inadequate apartment security, it is important to act quickly and consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. Time is of the essence because your lawyer will need to collect evidence to support your case as soon as possible after the incident occurred. Additionally, there is a statute of limitations (time limit) for filing premises liability claims in New York.
Proving Claims for Inadequate Apartment Security
Injured parties must prove certain things in order to recover damages in premises liability cases. In the state of New York, you must show:
- That you were lawfully on the premises. If you were not lawfully present, you must prove that the owner of the property knew you were trespassing and allowed it.
- That an unsafe condition existed for which the property owner was negligent. This means that the owner knew about the unsafe condition, or should have known, and failed to fix it or give adequate warning.
- That your injuries were caused by the negligence of the property owner.
Private and public property owners, as well as municipalities, are responsible for maintaining reasonable safety standards and may be held accountable for injuries that result from their failure to do so.
Damages in Negligent Apartment Security Claims
If you have been the victim of a crime and suffered injuries because of negligent apartment security, you may be entitled to pursue compensation for your losses. The amount of damages recoverable will depend on the extent of the injuries you have sustained.
For example, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Doctor’s bills.
- Hospital bills.
- Prescription medications.
- Physical therapy.
- Lost wages.
- Pain and suffering.
- Mental anguish.
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
- Other damages.
Legal Help for Victims of Injuries Caused by Inadequate Apartment Security
The Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP has helped many clients who have been injured through the negligence of others to obtain fair compensation for their injuries. Our personal injury attorneys have been representing injured people in in New York since 2003 and have recovered millions of dollars in damages for our clients.
Our attorneys work with investigators, medical professionals and financial specialists to ensure we fully document your case before we present compensation demands to insurers or jurors. When we go to court for you, we go prepared to win.
Don’t settle for less. Contact us now to find out how we can help you.