Being sexually assaulted in your home can be incredibly damaging and traumatizing. This kind of occurrence happens all too often, but there are things that you can do to seek aid and closure. One of those things is recovering compensation through a claim or lawsuit.
Call Dansker & Aspromonte Associates at (212) 732-2929 to learn how we could help you during this difficult time. You might be afraid to come forward and seek justice. However, by filing a successful civil action, you can hold the negligent property owner accountable for your damages. In Staten Island, that would typically be the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). A Staten Island sexual assault in public housing lawyer could help you in this endeavor.
We Can Help You Recover Compensation
As you consider legal representation, you may be unsure about what damages are compensable in your case. Our team can help you recover compensation for your assault-related losses. These losses can include:
If you had to pay for hospital and medical costs, you could be compensated. You might have needed stitches, crutches, emergency treatment, or prescriptions. You could also be compensated for any required follow-up visits or hospital stays.
Mental health services also fall under this category. If you need to see a therapist, psychologist, or psychiatrist due to the trauma of your assault, you can recover compensation for those expenses and damages as well.
Other Economic Costs
If your sexual assault has prevented you from working, we could help you fight for the lost wages, benefits, tips, or bonuses that you missed. If you had to quit your job or take a lower-paying position, we could pursue the difference between your new and previous wages.
You are entitled to recover damages for the pain and suffering you endured from the attack. You may have had life-threatening injuries and damages that are permanent. Any physical problem caused or made worse by the sexual assault is part of your damages for which you are entitled to compensation.
A sexual assault can also cause extreme emotional pain and suffering. You might have developed a mental health condition due to the event. Mayo Clinic states that an incredibly stressful event can trigger post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). You might not enjoy life the same way you did before the assault. Your relationship with your partner or spouse might also have been affected.
If you have suffered these damages, you may be entitled to compensation. Your Staten Island sexual assault in public housing lawyer can calculate the value of your damages.
Why You Might Decide To Hire a Lawyer
You do not need to fight your legal battles alone. You can entrust your case to Dansker & Aspromonte Associates. Since 1988, we have secured over $450 million for our clients.
We will do the following for you:
- Interview witnesses
- Calculate the value of your assault-related losses
- Inform you of your rights and options
- Protect your interests
- Represent you at trial, if necessary
- Negotiate with the liable party to reach a settlement
- Answer any questions that you may have over the phone, in person, by e-mail, or by virtual conference
- Visit you in your hospital room, office, or home
Call Dansker & Aspromonte Associates to get started with your case. Dial (212) 732-2929 today. There could be timelines that affect how long you have to take legal action. If you do not file your claims promptly, you can lose your rights to pursue a claim. We can discuss these deadlines with you and determine how they affect your case.
Potentially Responsible Parties
Depending on your circumstances, you could hold any of the following liable for your assault:
- Your landlord
- The property owner
- The Property manager
You may need to hold the New York City Housing Authority liable because it operates most public housing complexes in New York City. Our team can help you navigate that process. Some examples of negligent security practices that could have resulted in your assault include:
- Broken door locks
- A lack of physical barriers, such as a gate or fence
- Inadequate lighting in a parking garage, hallway, or stairwell
- Non-functioning entrance bell or buzzer system
- Mal-functioning security cameras or alarms
When an Individual Is Negligent
Your Staten Island sexual assault in public housing lawyer might be able to hold an individual responsible for their negligent actions or inaction. For instance, if a maintenance worker failed in their duties to repair a lock or light fixture, they may have contributed to the circumstances that led to your attack.
Your assault could have also been perpetrated by a public housing employee with a history of prior violent or deviant behavior. In this case, you could argue that you were assaulted because the property owner or manager was negligent in hiring their employees. Your lawyer will examine your case and determine who can be held responsible for your assault and the damages caused.
Things You Can Do To Help Your Case
There are a variety of things that you can do to support your case. You should :
- Photograph your injuries
- Call the police and make a report
- Keep your billing statements, pay stubs, and receipts
- Write down the time and date of the assault
- Write down any details regarding the assault
- Refraining from discussing your case with other people before speaking to a lawyer
- Directing any investigators or representatives of the responsible parties to your lawyer
Let Dansker & Aspromonte Associates Help You
Our legal team is ready to help you with advice and to guide you through this difficult time. We have been representing injured people for over 35 years, and we have recovered over $450 Million for our clients. Call (212) 732-2929 for a free, confidential consultation about how you could seek compensation. We can explain how a Staten Island sexual assault in public housing lawyer can help you during this challenging time.