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New York State, and especially Westchester County, is home to various charming apartment, condo, and townhouse complexes. Unfortunately, when landlords fail to ensure their premises are safe for all tenants and their visitors, serious accidents can happen. If you have been injured in a New York apartment accident, you should read on and reach out to our experienced New York premises liability attorneys. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What most frequently causes apartment accidents?

Apartment accidents are more common than many of us would like to think, and they usually happen as a result of 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.

How do I know if I qualify for compensation after an apartment accident?

When individuals file personal injury claims, they are required to satisfy the burden of proof. Rather simply, this means that you will need an attorney who is capable of proving that you were injured as a direct result of a landlord or property owner’s negligence. Premises liability lawsuits are sometimes a bit more complicated than other personal injury lawsuits, so you must retain the services of an experienced attorney who has helped several New Yorkers recover the compensation they need for a swift recovery.

If you are injured in an apartment accident, the first thing you should do is call the police. From here, you should ask witnesses for their contact information so they may corroborate your story. Next, once the police and an ambulance arrive, they will document your accident and treat your injuries as needed. Finally, before pursuing a claim, you should hire an attorney who can work to recover important pieces of evidence, such as security camera footage of your accident.

How long do I have to sue a negligent landlord for an injury?

In New York, the statute of limitations for premises liability lawsuits is three years. This means that those injured have three years from the date of their accident to take legal action against the landlord or property owner that caused their injuries. Unfortunately, many individuals will make the mistake of putting off filing until it is too late. If you wait any longer than three years to file, you will most likely be barred from suing.

Contact our experienced Westchester County firm

Hausman & Pendzick effectively represent victims of neglect 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.