If you or a loved one was the victim of an assault while in public housing, then you may be entitled to compensation to help cover your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
A Staten Island assault on a public housing lawyer from Dansker & Aspromonte Associates can help you understand your options and pursue damages. Contact us today at (212) 732-2929 to learn how we can help you and your family fight for the financial compensation you deserve.
Considerations After an Assault in Public Housing
Assaults can leave you disoriented and unsure of what to do next.
Here are some measures that could help you recover after an assault and build a strong claim for personal injury damages at the same time:
Seek Medical Care
After an assault, your first priority should be to seek medical attention for your injuries. A medical professional can not only treat you, but they can also document the extent of your injuries in an official account. This information can be helpful to your case later on if you choose to pursue a claim or lawsuit.
Report the Assault
Once you are safe, your next step should be to report the assault to the police. The police can gather evidence, take photos of the crime scene and your injuries, and collect witness statements. They will create an official report that can later be used as evidence to support your case. They can also begin a criminal investigation to bring the perpetrator to justice. While it is not required for your personal injury claim, a police investigation or criminal prosecution can help provide powerful evidence of fault by the perpetrator and housing personnel.
Organize Your Own Evidence
Sometimes, the police miss evidence. While your lawyer will also investigate the circumstances of your assault, there are some pieces of evidence that could ultimately support your case.
You should consider:
- Taking photos. Take your own pictures of the crime scene, the building’s conditions, and your injuries.
- Collecting information from witnesses. Get statements from anyone who may have been witness to the attack or the conditions on the property.
- Collecting information regarding the property owner. Save and print any e-mails, text messages, or other conversations you may have had with your landlord or the building’s administration.
- Following up with medical providers and if necessary, psychological counselors. In order to prove the full extent of your physical and emotional injuries, it is helpful to receive ongoing medical care and therapy to treat and document your condition. Without medical treatment, the value of your claim will be diminished and you will recover less compensation.
- Refraining from posting on social media about your attack or injuries. Statements or photographs that you post on social media can be used against you and can diminish your recovery.
- Refusing to give statements to housing personnel about the attack unless approved by your lawyer. Do not answer any questions from an investigator or other housing representative until you have spoken to a lawyer about your rights. Statements you give can be used against you.
Connect with Resources for Victims
After you have been the victim of a violent crime, you may feel disempowered and alone. There are resources throughout New York City to help you move forward from your assault. While your lawyer builds your case, your physical and emotional well-being are of utmost importance. Be sure to accept medical and emotional services that are available.
Potentially Recoverable Damages in Your Staten Island Assault Case
When you work with Dansker & Aspromonte Associates, our top priority is recovering compensation for each and every type of damage you are rightfully entitled to receive. . If you were the victim of negligence by a public housing organization such as the New York City Housing Authority in failing to act reasonably to keep you safe, the law permits you to demand fair and just compensation for your injuries. Every case is unique, however.
Per the American Bar Association, if you are able to prove that your attack could have been prevented by others, some recoverable damages in your case may include:
Pain and Suffering
You can receive compensation for the physical and emotional distress of your assault. Based upon the evidence that is gathered of your treatment, diagnosis, prognosis, and your own testimony, you can claim fair and reasonable damages for the full extent of your pain and suffering in the past and future.
You may have needed medical attention after your assault. You can pursue compensation for treatment, medications, imaging scans, and follow-up doctors’ visits. You can also include the cost of mental health counseling in the past as well as into the future in your claim.
The trauma of the assault may have caused you to miss time from your job. To calculate this expense, your lawyer can review your pay stubs and employment records.
Reduced Future Earning Capacity
Your assault may have caused you to leave your current job for a lower-paying one. If so, your lawyer can pursue the difference in your earning capacity.
You may be able to pursue compensation for damages not included on this list. Your lawyer can explain what other types of damages you may be eligible to recover. To learn more, call Dansker & Aspromonte Associates today at (212) 732-2929.
Explaining Premises Liability In New York
In New York, property owners, managers, and landlords have a duty of care to keep their residents safe. This includes implementing proper security measures to cut down on the risk of assaults. When a property owner fails to meet this obligation, it may constitute negligence.
Contact a Lawyer Immediately After a Serious Assault In Public Housing
If you have been injured in an assault in public housing, you must contact a lawyer immediately to protect your rights. In any claim against a public housing authority like the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), the time to file a claim for compensation is severely limited by a requirement that you file a Notice of Claim within 90 days of your assault. If you fail to file this Notice by the deadline, you may be prevented from recovering the compensation you deserve. Don’t delay. You should also contact a lawyer as soon as possible so that an immediate investigation of your assault can be undertaken by your lawyers before evidence is lost or destroyed.
There are other reasons to contact a lawyer now. The sooner you consult an experienced and dedicated team of lawyers, the sooner they can begin to fight for you, give you advice, answer your questions, investigate the circumstances of your assault, file all claims in a timely manner, locate and preserve evidence and build a strong claim for maximum financial compensation, so that you focus on your own recovery. Our lawyers are standing by to hear from you. Call Dansker & Aspromonte Associates at (212) 732-2929.
Dansker & Aspromonte Associates Will Fight for Your Rights
We have recovered over $450 million on behalf of our clients in all five boroughs. Since 1988, we have been fighting for injured claimants throughout the New York City metropolitan area. Not only do we serve claimants in Staten Island, but we also help people living in Queens, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Nassau and Suffolk counties. In our decades of representation, we have fought for many victims of public housing assaults including a case where we recovered $2.25 million dollars for a home health aide who was assaulted in a Housing Authority elevator when the assailant was able to enter the building through a side door which had a broken lock. Evidence revealed that the side door was routinely broken.
To learn more about why New Yorkers choose Dansker & Aspromonte Associates to handle their cases, reach out to us today at (212) 732-2929 for a free consultation. If we agree to accept your case, you will not be required to pay us any money upfront. We will advance all legal expenses and only earn a fee when we recover compensation for you.