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New York State and Westchester County are home to various fantastic apartment complexes. In large part, these complexes are great places to live due to their diligent, hard-working landlords. However, in some cases, when landlords are negligent, serious accidents can occur. Please continue reading and speak with our knowledgeable Westchester County personal injury attorneys to learn more about apartment accident, what you should do if you have been injured in one, and how our firm can help you recover the compensation you need in a premises liability claim. Here are some of the questions you may have:

Are landlords responsible for apartment accidents?

In most cases, the answer is yes. Landlords must ensure your apartment is in working condition before renting it out. This means inspecting it to ensure there are smoke/carbon monoxide detectors installed, the floors are not damaged, elevators are not malfunctioning, the complex parking lot is safe, and more. If you were injured, sustained damages, and can prove that your landlord knew or should have known about the unsafe condition, there is a very good chance that you will qualify for financial compensation.

What should I do if I am injured in an accident?

If you are injured in an apartment accident, the first thing you should do is call the police. From here, you should take pictures of any unsafe conditions before they are cleared away. Next, ask any witnesses of your accident for their contact information, including their name and phone number, and then, once you are treated in the hospital, do not leave without receiving medical documentation relating to your injuries and their extent. Finally, retain the services of an experienced New York personal injury attorney who can gather and present all additional evidence needed to satisfy the burden of proof on your behalf.

How long will I have to sue my landlord in New York State?

If you are injured in an accident, you will have to file your personal injury claim within the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York State is three years, which means that you will have three years from the date of your accident to take legal action against the party responsible. If you wait any longer than three years, you will most likely be time-barred from suing. Our firm is ready to help you today.


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.