Experienced New York City Lawyers Handling Apartment Fall Injury Claims
Taking legal action against negligent property owners
As a renter, you are entitled to some basic rights, including safety within the building in which you live. At Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson, we help people across New York City who are dealing with injuries stemming from apartment falls. We leverage our nearly 100 years of combined experience in personal injury law. Our team is skilled at determining the fault of your accident, pinpointing negligence and negotiating fair settlements from insurance companies. We give you the advocate you need as you cope with your injuries.
Apartment owners must maintain safe premises
If you are a tenant in an apartment building, your landlord has a responsibility to keep the premises reasonably safe and secure. The owner must conduct regular inspections of the property and quickly address any maintenance problems, notifying residents if any immediate hazards exist. Some potential concerns are related to construction issues, the age of a building and environmental damage after a storm or typical wear and tear. If you or a loved one has been injured in your apartment building, a lawyer can help you determine if neglected maintenance or an issue within the landlord’s control was at fault.
Common injuries sustained in apartment buildings
By far, the most common accidents in apartment buildings are related to slips and falls. These accidents may occur anywhere in or around the property. Apartment building owners have a responsibility to address these issues to prevent serious injuries:
- Hazardous stairways. All stairs within an apartment building must meet city codes and must not contain any broken stairs or missing handrails. Residents should not have to risk injury simply to access their apartments.
- Improperly maintained walkways. Hallways on the interior and sidewalks on the exterior must be reasonably safe for residents and visitors. Spills, cracks or objects left in walkways can cause you to trip and fall, resulting in a sidewalk accident injury.
- Gas leaks. These leaks are highly dangerous for a number of reasons. First, leaks may cause dangerous gases to seep into apartment units, resulting in illness or death for tenants. Second, the build-up of gas in an apartment building could potentially cause an explosion.
- Providing ample warning. Landlords have a legal responsibility to notify residents of any potential hazards as soon as possible. If they fail to do so, tenants may not have the information they need to prevent an accident.
Speak with a trusted personal injury lawyer right away
To set up a free initial consultation after an apartment fall, contact Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson online or at 888.746.8212. We serve clients across New York City and you pay no attorneys’ fees unless your injury claim is successful.