Being sexually assaulted in a Manhattan public housing complex can be incredibly traumatic and life-altering but you have legal options to seek compensation for the damages you have suffered. Speak to the team at Dansker & Aspromonte Associates (212) 732-2929 to determine the options available to you. A Manhattan rape in public housing due to negligent security lawyer can help you recover compensatory damages for your pain and suffering, medical costs, etc.
Why You Should Retain a Lawyer
If you were sexually assaulted, you can fight for your rights and a just and fair financial award. You do not want to do this alone. You can hire a Manhattan rape in public housing due to negligent security lawyer to fight for you and protect your rights.
You should consult with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible because:
You Might Need To Focus on Your Recovery
Legal battles can be incredibly stressful. Our team of lawyers, paralegals, and administrative staff can serve you. The Sexual Abuse Response Toolkit from the National Criminal Justice Reference Service states that many rape survivors develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after their assault. You should focus on treating your physical injuries and healing your emotional wounds, not on filing paperwork.
You Have Limited Time To File Your Claims
If the responsible party is the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) or any other governmental entity, you are required to file a Notice of Claim within ninety (90) days of the incident to pursue a lawsuit under New York law.
There are also time limits to start any lawsuit. If you fail to file your claims in the time allowed, you may lose your right to seek money damages forever.
Representatives of the Responsible Party Might Be Aggressive or Difficult To Work With
Representatives or investigators hired by the responsible parties sometimes try to get claimants to accept unfair settlement offers very soon after they suffer the traumatic event. These offers are typically very low and do not fairly compensate injured people for the injuries and damages they suffer. In fact, in most cases, injured parties do not know the full extent of their injuries and monetary damages at the time these offers are made.
Speak to your medical team about your medical conditions and consult with your lawyer regarding the forms of compensation that you are entitled to recover. You may be able to receive compensation for mental health treatment, counseling and therapy, treatment for your physical injuries, in addition to compensation for physical and emotional pain and suffering, lost earnings, and other types of damages that you may have suffered.
We Have Legal Resources and Knowledge
You are protected under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), regardless of your gender. We can advocate for you. If you are intimidated or worried about getting evicted from your current residence, do not worry; under the VAWA, your landlord cannot evict you for being a victim of rape.
You should consult an experienced attorney as soon after the attack to determine if you have a case against the property owner, manager, or agent. Evidence must be gathered to prove negligence to secure a financial award. It also has to be shown that the negligence led to the rape.
We can also hire medical experts to attest to how your assault has and will affect your life. This will ultimately support your claim. Dial (212) 732-2929 to begin working with Dansker & Aspromonte Associates. Our law firm can help you pursue your claim and lawsuit.
How We Form Your Claim for Compensation
The types of damages you might have suffered depend on the specifics of your assault. We can look at what happened to you and how your life has been affected by the event. We can then assign a total value for all of your damages.
These losses can include the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Any medical treatment or forensic examinations that you had to undergo
- Any follow-up medical visits that you require
- Psychological care including therapy and counseling
- Loss of consortium or enjoyment of life
- Permanent physical and emotional injuries
Additionally, if you had to take time off work to cope with the trauma of your sexual assault (or any injuries you suffered) or have been unable to return to work, your Manhattan rape in public housing due to negligent security lawyer can help you pursue lost wages, benefits, tips, or bonuses that you would have collected had you been able to work.
How Negligent Security Might Have Contributed to Your Rape
Negligent security occurs when a property is not properly taken care of or monitored, and an injury happens as a result. For instance, you could have been hurt due to an intruder that gained entry because of a faulty security camera or a broken locking mechanism on an entry door. There may have been insufficient lighting creating a dangerous area, hallway, or corridor in your building.
The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is responsible for keeping its public housing complexes in a reasonably safe condition by taking steps to prevent potential predators from gaining access to the complexes to keep its tenants and their guests safe. If a superintendent or property manager knew about a hazardous condition such as a broken entry door or lock that could have prevented your attack and failed to take action, their employer could be held liable.
If a property owner, manager, or maintenance company fails to keep their premises safe from potential attackers and rapists they are violating their duty of care and if someone is injured as a result, they have breached their duty of care and are liable for the damages caused to the rape survivors.
Forms of Evidence That Could Support Your Case
Your landlord may have known about the dangerous circumstances that contributed to your assault or the conditions existed for a period of time before the attack that your landlord should have known. Either way, they are responsible. There might have been previous instances of assault or criminal activity in the building. These occurrences should have informed the NYCHA or any other owner that they needed to take action.
We can prove that the liable parties are at fault. We can check any working security cameras in the building to see if your assailant was captured on film. We might also be able to subpoena footage from any nearby businesses that might have captured your assault or the identity of your assailant.
Additionally, the police report, prior tenant complaints, repair records, your medical treatment records, and witness testimony can also be used to support your case.
Dansker & Aspromonte Associates Can Help You
Call Dansker & Aspromonte Associates today at (212) 732-2929 to discuss how a Manhattan rape in public housing due to negligent security lawyer can represent you and your interests. We represent clients in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, and Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
We operate on a contingency-fee basis. That means that you do not pay us any legal fees unless and until we recover a monetary award for you. We have been representing injured people for over 35 years and we have recovered over $450 Million in awards for our clients.
Call us for a free confidential consultation. We understand that we are working for you, as well as with you. You are not alone. Our staff wants to help you secure justice and obtain the compensation you deserve.