If you were assaulted, attacked, or victimized in Brooklyn public housing, you may be able to hold someone other than just your assailant liable. Even though your offender may be facing criminal charges for the assault, your rights guarantee you more than just criminal justice. You may also be able to hold the City of New York or other responsible entities accountable for putting you in harm’s way.
Whether you are a resident of public housing or just visiting, New York law requires the NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA) to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition that takes measures to protect safety and security. No resident or visitor should have to live in fear of an assault.
Let Dansker & Aspromonte Associates help you fight back. If you have suffered an assault in Brooklyn public housing, our personal injury lawyers may be able to help you hold the negligent parties liable and get the justice you deserve.
Since 1988, we have won over $450 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients. If you have suffered physical or emotional injuries as the result of an attack that could have been prevented, our lawyers are standing by to help you. Don’t delay, however. When bringing a claim against the owners or operators of public housing, there are deadlines that limit your rights. If you fail to file your claim by the deadline, you may be forever barred from receiving the compensation you deserve.
Call Dansker & Aspromonte Associates today at (212) 732-2929 and let a Brooklyn assault in public housing lawyer help you get the justice you deserve.
NYCHA’s Responsibility to Keep Tenants Safe
As of 2019, the NYCHA, representing 8% of the rental property in New York City, was the “largest landlord in the city,” serving a reported 564,301 New York City residents. As a landlord, the NYCHA, in concert with the New York Police Department, has a responsibility to keep all public housing residents safe. They must take precautions to minimize foreseeable crimes on their premises and enforce safety regulations put in place to protect tenants.
The NYCHA is obligated to abide by these policies and failure to do so could make it liable for neglecting the duties owed to its residents. These policies include:
- Making an effort to investigate tenant safety complaints and reports of criminal activity
- Removing known criminal offenders from the premises
- Seeking “Permanent Exclusions” of repeat criminal offenders and violent residents
- Enforcing trespassing policies that keep nonresidents off the premises
- Hiring adequate private security personnel
- Maintaining active NYCHA management surveillance
- Supporting the Resident Watch Program
- Performing routine maintenance and basic repairs to tenant units (for example, fixing faulty windows, doors, and locks)
If you have been the victim of a violent assault, the NYCHA or another entity may be responsible for not preventing known crime and ensuring your safety. To learn more about whether you may be able to hold the NYCHA liable for neglecting their duty to protect you, you may want to speak to a Brooklyn assault in public housing lawyer about your case.
A team member from Dansker & Aspromonte Associates can discuss how our firm can help you when you dial (212) 732-2929.
Violent Crime in Brooklyn Public Housing Developments
Some crimes occurring in Brooklyn public housing developments include:
- Assaults: In which a victim suffers an intentional personal injury at the hands of another
- Aggravated assaults: In which a victim suffers personal injury as a result of an attempt to cause serious bodily harm with the use of a deadly weapon
- Robberies: Trespass with a deadly weapon with the intent to commit a crime
When you are the victim of a violent crime, even if your offender is facing criminal charges, you have the right to pursue civil justice against them and demand fair and just financial compensation for your physical, emotional, and economic damages. Civil lawsuits are not part of the criminal justice system. You have a right to be in public without suffering violent crime, and you can hold anyone who violates that right personally accountable.
If you win a lawsuit against the person who hurt you—your landlord, private security staff, or the police department—they will not face criminal charges. Civil lawsuits have no criminal consequences.
How a Brooklyn Assault Lawyer Can Help
Not all assaults on public housing premises will result in a successful claim. Since every case is unique and based upon particular facts and circumstances, the key to a strong claim is a careful and thorough investigation of your assault. It is essential that you consult a personal injury team of lawyers who have the experience and dedication to prove that your assault was a preventable event if housing personnel had acted reasonably.
As the victim of a violent crime, we know that it may be difficult to focus on a legal claim right now. You may still be dealing with the physical, mental, and emotional repercussions of your attack. That is why our personal injury team will investigate your assault, secure evidence, file all claims in a timely manner, and build a strong case so that you can focus on your own recovery.
Some of the actions we may take to build your case may include:
- Gathering evidence including criminal records, video footage, photographs, witness testimony, housing records including prior assaults, medical testimony, and any other information which might help prove your case
- Researching the best legal strategy for your case
- Hiring experts in housing security
- Determining a fair settlement amount and file your case with the court
- Negotiating a settlement with the at fault parties
- Proceeding to trial if settlement negotiations with the liable parties are not successful
Our Success Stories
Our firm has been very successful in both settlement negotiations and trial verdicts for our clients who have been victims of negligent behavior. While every case is unique, and past results may differ from your own, Dansker & Aspromonte Associates lawyers always put their clients first. Since 1988, we have done our best to maximize client recovery for their pain and suffering and economic damages such as lost earnings and medical expenses. Some of our past settlement and trial verdict success stories include:
- $31 MILLION trial verdict for a car accident case resulting in serious injuries
- $21.5 MILLION structured settlement for the wrongful death case of a sanitation worker
- $10.3 MILLION trial verdict for a pedestrian seriously injured in a truck accident
- $5 MILLION settlement premises injury case/elevator shaft fall
- $4.4 MILLION trial verdict in a case against the City of New York
If you have been injured or assaulted at a Brooklyn public housing development, our Brooklyn assault in public housing lawyers may be able to help. Our team of personal injury lawyers wants to get you the justice you deserve. We do not back down from tough cases and are not afraid to put up a legal fight to help you get what you deserve.
We represent clients throughout the New York City metropolitan area, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, and Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Call Dansker & Aspromonte Associates today at (212) 732-2929, and let us see how we can help you get what you deserve. The consultation is free and if we agree to accept your case, you will not be required to pay us any money upfront. We only earn a fee when we recover compensation for you.