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Property owners have a legal responsibility to ensure that their properties are safe for residents and visitors. Failing to keep a property maintained at all times can be considered negligence. This is true for landlords who own apartments. Unfortunately, apartment accidents are more common than you may realize. Read on to learn more about apartment accidents in New York and what to do if an accident occurs.

How do Apartment Accidents Occur?

Accidents can occur in a number of different ways. Most accidents are due to landlord negligence. Some of the most common causes of apartment injuries can include defective or missing smoke/carbon monoxide detectors, harmful molds or asbestos in the air, damaged flooring, stairways, or balconies, insufficiently lit parking lots, and more.

What do I do if I am Injured in an Apartment Accident?

If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. In order to do so, there are some important steps to take. After an accident, you should call the police. The police can send an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, and more. One of the most important things you can do is take photos and videos at the scene of the accident. Be sure to document the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur. You should make sure to go to the hospital, your doctor, or an urgent care facility immediately after the accident occurs. This will ensure that your injuries are treated by a medical professional, while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Lastly, be sure to contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your case.

How Long do I Have to File a Claim?

If you wish to pursue legal action, you must do so within a certain amount of time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. In New York, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is three years. This means that if you fail to file within three years from the date of the accident, you will most likely lose your opportunity to recover compensation. To avoid missing any important deadlines, you should contact a personal injury attorney right away.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an apartment accident, you will need a skilled attorney on your side. Contact our firm today to discuss your case.


Hausman & Pendzick effectively represent victims of negligence in Westchester County and across the state of New York. We understand how challenging life can be without financial compensation for serious injuries you have wrongly sustained. If you need a knowledgeable and skilled personal injury attorney to help you recover compensation after an accident, contact Hausman & Pendzick today.