If you or a loved one experienced a sexual assault while in public housing, know that you are not alone in this. You have the power to exercise your rights, and an advocate from Dansker & Aspromonte Associates can help you fight for fair and just compensation for your personal injuries and economic damage.
How the Housing Authority May Be Liable for Your Assault
Premises Liability in Assault Cases
Landlords and property owners in New York City owe a duty of care to those on-site to maintain the property so that it is reasonably safe. When an owner fails to meet that standard, they may be held liable for injuries that happen on-site. This is called premises liability, and it is often applied to accidents like slipping and falling on a patch of ice or tripping over cracked pavement.
However, this liability may also extend to acts of violence that occur on certain premises. By not replacing locks, having inadequate security, or failing to maintain the premises in a safe way, your landlord is putting you at risk for sexual assault.
When your landlord is the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), a lawyer might be able to help you pursue compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Your Rights if You Were Sexually Assaulted in Public Housing
If you or a loved one were sexually assaulted while living in or visiting public housing, you have the legal right to contact the police and press criminal charges against your assailant. However, you also have rights that extend beyond the criminal justice system.
What to Do if You Experience Sexual Assault While in Public Housing
Seek Medical Attention
Rape and sexual assault are an attack not only on the victim’s body but also their sense of self. In the wake of such violence, it is essential that you put your health and well-being above all else. Your safety is paramount.
Seek medical attention for any injuries you may have endured. Medical professionals can not only treat your injuries but also can gather evidence. With your consent, they can perform a rape kit to collect any physical evidence from your assailant, as well as fully document the state of your injuries. This can be useful going forward if you choose to pursue damages through a civil lawsuit. Failing to seek medical attention after a sexual assault will likely weaken your future claim for personal injury damages.
Report the Incident
If you decide that it is the right choice for you and your family, you may want to report the incident. While going to the police with an allegation of sexual assault can seem intimidating, we urge you to think carefully about what you believe will be the best course of action for you and your loved ones. If your incident is not reported to the police, Housing Authority, landlord, emergency room personnel, doctor, or other entity, it will be harder to prove the elements of your case. However, even if you failed to report your incident, you may still be entitled to compensation. Call an experienced and qualified personal injury attorney to discuss your rights as soon as possible. Don’t delay since there are firm deadlines for filing your claim. If you fail to file your claim by the deadline, you may be forever barred from receiving the compensation you deserve.
A sexual assault can leave you feeling isolated, but you should know that New York City is full of resources to help you if you have been a victim of violent crime. The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) has a 24-hour hotline that you can call for any reason after your assault. The New York Police Department (NYPD) also has a list of resources for victims and their families that you may find helpful. Remember, there is no shame in getting help or reaching out when you are in need.
Learn Your Rights
You may also be entitled to substantial financial compensation for your physical and emotional pain and suffering as well as other economic damages if your assault was the result of negligence. Every case is unique. The mere fact that you were assaulted does not automatically entitle you to financial compensation from another party. A personal injury attorney can perform a thorough and careful investigation of your assault, secure evidence, and build a strong claim for you that proves your injuries were preventable if another party had acted reasonably. Not all attorneys are the same, however. Be sure to choose a lawyer who has an established track record of successful lawsuits concerning sexual assault in public housing. Dansker & Aspromonte Associates has been fighting for victims of sexual assault and other negligence since 1988. Our sole goal is to help you receive the maximum financial recovery for your injuries. Call us today for a free consultation at (212) 732-2929.
You Owe Your Attorney Nothing Upfront
If we agree to accept your case, you will not be required to pay us any money upfront. We advance all expenses and only recover a legal fee when you receive compensation.
How Dansker & Aspromonte Associates Can Help
We have been protecting the rights of our clients in all five boroughs since 1988. We are committed to serving victims who have been wrongly injured. If our investigation reveals that your assault was the result of poor management or security, some of the types of compensation you may be entitled to include money for:
- Pain and suffering for all physical and emotional injuries
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Mental anguish
- Future pain and suffering
- Loss of services around the home
- Damage to the marital relationship
- Lost wages
- Future lost wages
- Medical and hospital treatment
- All future medical costs including psychological support services
- Any other out of pocket expenses caused by your injuries
During the course of your claim, we will work with you to fight for the best outcome, keep you up to date on the progress of the case, and answer all of your questions. We will never resolve your claim without your permission.
You can trust us to be your partners, advisors, and advocates—at your side every step of the way. The sooner you call us, the sooner we can begin to gather and preserve evidence and build a strong case. Contact Dansker & Asporomonte Associates today at (212) 732-2929 to learn more about what a Queens sexual assault in public housing lawyer from our firm can do for you.