If you were sexually assaulted in your public housing complex, you could have a case against the property’s owner or manager. In New York City this is most often the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). At Dansker & Aspromonte Associates, we understand that right now, you may be feeling extremely vulnerable and upset and we believe that you deserve compensation for your pain and suffering.
Our New York law firm can stand by you throughout the duration of your case. A Queens lawyer can help you fight for a just and fair financial award. We are experienced personal injury attorneys and can file a claim and lawsuit on your behalf. To learn more, call (212) 732-2929 today.
Proving Liability in Your Queens Negligent Security Case
You can seek damages from the property owner or manager of your housing complex. If these parties failed in their obligation to maintain your complex in a reasonably safe condition and you were injured because of it, they could be liable for your physical injuries and mental anguish, as well as any other damages related to your assault.
There are several ways that a property owner or management company could be responsible for your losses. Some of these reasons include:
- Failing to maintain the property (e.g., leaving broken locks on doors or failing to install or properly maintain security systems and buzzers)
- Failing to employ adequate security measures under the circumstances
- Failing to employ measures to prevent potential attackers from gaining access
There are many things that could have enabled your attacker to gain access to your building and commit their criminal acts. One of them could be not installing safety measures such as security staff, camera equipment, and proper lighting in an area of known criminal activity.
What to Expect from Your Legal Fight
The party who allowed you to be assaulted should be held accountable for their acts both criminally and civilly in a personal injury lawsuit. While criminal charges are pending against the perpetrator, you can still pursue compensation from the party or parties that were responsible for allowing your attack to occur and failing to take necessary steps to keep the complex safe for you, other tenants, and visitors. Your lawyer will help you through the legal process and seek full, fair, and just monetary compensation on your behalf.
Your lawyer will first try to obtain a settlement in your case that fairly compensates you. However, if the responsible parties or their insurance representatives refuse to make a fair offer of settlement we will proceed to trial and seek an award from a jury.
How a Lawyer Can Help You Prove Your Case
Not only can your lawyer stand between you and the stressful elements of your case, but they can also collect all of the evidence required to prove your case. We will also explain your legal options and answer your questions. Our team can also evaluate your damages to help you receive a fair settlement or award at trial, if necessary.
The Statute of Limitations
There are also timelines that restrict how long you have to file a lawsuit, depending on who you are filing it against. In fact, in cases against the NYCHA, a Notice of Claim must be filed within 90 days after the occurrence. If you fail to file your claim or start your lawsuit within the time allowed you may lose your right to seek any recovery at all.
We will let you know how these deadlines apply to your circumstances and how long you have to take action. It is urgent that you seek legal consultation from Dansker & Aspromonte Associates as soon as possible to avoid prejudicing your rights to pursue your case.
You Can Seek Compensation for Your Damages
Since 1988, Dansker & Aspromonte Associates has been helping people recover compensation for their assault-related losses. We are determined to seek the best possible outcome for your case after being sexually assaulted. The losses that you could have suffered and may continue to suffer after your rape might include:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical costs
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
- Lost income
- Psychological injuries
- Permanent injuries and disabilities
Psychological damages are a common occurrence in an assault or rape attack. Per the Mayo Clinic, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop in people who have suffered a traumatic event, like being raped.
As a result, your lawyer will seek compensation for the cost of medical treatment including psychological counseling and therapy. You may also be able to recover the cost of other losses not included here.
We Will Stand with You in the Pursuit of Justice
You might feel intimidated by the idea of having to give testimony regarding your attack and sexual assault, but we will be by your side every step of the way and help you get through the process.
We will stand by you and prepare you for what to expect throughout this difficult process. Our team can also guide you when determining if offered settlements are fair and complete and adequate. You do not have to make this determination by yourself.
Speak to your lawyer about your rights. Remember that you are not alone. You have the opportunity to take back control of your life.
Dansker & Aspromonte Associates Is Ready to Help You
Call Dansker & Aspromonte Associates today at (212) 732-2929 to connect with a member of our legal team. The consultation is free, so it will not cost you anything to discuss your case with us.
In fact, you do not have to pay us anything upfront for our representation. We work on a contingency basis which means that you do not pay any legal fees unless we recover money for you.