Large numbers of residents and visitors in New York have personal experience with public housing provided by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), 194,100 households were living in public housing units as of 2019. For the most part, these housing units provide safe and affordable housing options for families in need. In instances where this is not the case, and crimes like assault occur, victims are often left scrambling to figure out where to turn for help understanding their rights. In some instances, you may be entitled to substantial compensation from NYCHA or another party for failing to provide you with reasonably safe premises.
Dansker & Aspromonte Associates represents clients across Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, and Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Serving our clients since 1988, our goal is to secure the best possible outcome for families across the state. If you’ve been assaulted in public housing, call (212) 732-2929 for a free consultation. Our Manhattan assault in public housing lawyers will listen compassionately, review the details of your case, answer any questions you have, and advise you on your next steps.
Building Civil Assault Cases
If you have been assaulted and suffered serious injuries in an assault, both a criminal and a civil case may be brought. The police and District Attorney for the county where your assault occurred may bring a criminal case against the assailant seeking jail time or other punishment. A civil case, on the other hand, may entitle you to recover substantial monetary compensation for your physical, emotional, and economic damages. Not every assault in public housing will give rise to a strong civil assault claim. Each case is unique and dependent upon the facts and circumstances you encountered. Employing a Manhattan personal injury lawyer allows you to focus on your recovery while we conduct a careful and thorough investigation of the facts, protect your rights, file all claims in a timely manner and build a strong claim for you for maximum recovery.
Holding the Property Owner Liable for Your Assault
If you were assaulted in Manhattan public housing, you may be able to take legal action against the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) or another responsible party. Like all property owners, NYCHA is required by law to act reasonably to provide a safe place to live and visit. This general responsibility imposes liability on NYCHA or another party such as a property management company or contractor to fix unsafe conditions that they know or should know exists in the housing facility. An unlocked door, for example, may permit an intruder to enter the premises and assault an innocent victim.
Property Owners Must Take Certain Safety Precautions
Property owners are responsible for:
- Clearing debris from the premises to prevent slips, falls, and obstructed views.
- Vetting, hiring, and training skilled security personnel to keep watch for suspicious activity and respond to emergencies.
- Installing and maintaining adequate lighting in areas that include parking lots, stairwells, and more.
- Ensuring all windows, doors, and access points to the public housing facility are protected by working locks.
An experienced and qualified lawyer familiar with premises liability and assault cases in public housing can review the circumstances of your assault and determine whether your injuries were the result of negligence by NYCHA or another party. If your injuries were the result of negligence, your lawyer will fight to ensure that you obtain the fair and just financial recovery you deserve.
Random acts of violence in public housing may not result in a financial recovery. A successful case requires establishing the following:
- That there was a duty of care that was neglected (e.g., failure to ensure proper lighting, maintenance or install working locks).
- That it would be reasonable to expect this lack of precaution to result in potential injury to residents or visitors.
- That your assault and the associated injuries could and should have been prevented.
If you’ve been the victim of an assault that the evidence shows was the result of negligence, New York law permits you to demand a fair sum of money that compensates you for each and every type of damage you sustained. A Manhattan assault in public housing lawyer at Dansker & Aspromonte Associates will handle every aspect of your case, including investigating the property owner’s negligence and the full extent of your injuries.
Claiming Physical and Emotional Damages
The ramifications of an assault may extend far beyond your physical injuries. In many instances, assault victims experience high levels of emotional trauma.
If you have been assaulted in public housing that the evidence shows was the result of negligence by NYCHA or another party, you may be able to recover money damages for the following:
- Pain and Suffering: For all physical and emotional injuries, including your loss of enjoyment of life and mental anguish
- Future Pain and Suffering: If your injuries are deemed to be permanent, you may receive these damages for as long as your injuries are going to exist
- Medical Expenses: Money for all doctor visits, therapy sessions, medication costs, rehabilitation services, and hospital stays in the past and future are all recoverable
- Loss of Wages: You may be entitled to recover any wages lost as a result of physical and emotional injuries, future lost wages as a result of persistent injuries, and wages lost from an inability to return to work in the same capacity as prior to your injuries.
Even if you are not sure about whether you have a strong claim, contact a lawyer familiar with public housing assault cases. Don’t delay as there are deadlines that limit your rights to recover the compensation you may deserve. For example, in cases involving the New York City Housing Authority, you must file a document called a “Notice of Claim” within 90 days of your assault. If you fail to have that document filed on your behalf, you may be prevented from ever receiving the compensation you would have recovered. Call us today. Until then, follow this simple advice after your assault:
- Report the assault to the police
- Request that the police complete an investigation and report
- Obtain medical attention immediately
- Follow up with medical professionals to document your injuries, both physical and emotional
- Have photographs taken of the place of your assault and any visible injuries
- Do not give a statement to housing representatives until you speak to a lawyer
- Do not post on social media about the assault
Partnering with a Manhattan Personal Injury Lawyer
The team of lawyers at Dansker & Aspromonte Associates has been fighting for the rights of public housing assault victims since 1988. Let us fight for you too. Call us for a free consultation.
If we agree to accept your case, we will conduct a careful and thorough investigation of your case, gather and preserve evidence, file all claims in a timely manner, negotiate with housing representatives and build a strong claim that seeks maximum compensation, so that you can focus on your own recovery. The sooner you call us, the sooner we can begin to use our experience to work for you.
We work on a contingency basis which means that you will not be required to pay us any money upfront for legal expenses or to pay our fee. We only earn a fee when we recover compensation for you.
The personal injury lawyers at Dansker & Aspromonte Associates will fight for the best possible outcome for you and your family. We serve clients across New York. If you have been assaulted in public housing, we are here to help. Call (212) 732-2929 today.