If the answer to the question is yes, you should speak with a New York Negligent Security Attorney to discuss your legal rights and all options available to you.
In New York State, a landlord has a duty to take “minimal” precautions to protect tenants from reasonably foreseeable criminal acts. The lowest minimal security duty required of a landlord is a functioning locking entrance door. The law does not require a landlord to provide the optimal or most advanced security system available, but only reasonable security measures. However, an argument can made for a heightened duty to provide security may be imposed on a landlord if there is a history of crime on the premises. Merely providing a locking entrance door may not be enough because a landlord has to take reasonable measures about foreseeable criminal acts.
Recently, a 26-year-old woman was violently stabbed 14 times by a serial criminal. She was visiting a friend who lived in an apartment building. The assailant entered the building through an unlocked door. The victim was stabbed in the head, heart, lungs, arms, leg and buttocks while she was waiting for an elevator in the lobby of the building on the morning of her assault. As a result of the attack, the victim lost nearly half of her blood. The victim underwent emergency heart and lung surgeries and spent more than a week intensive care unit of a New York City Hospital recovering from her injuries. Here is the link to the New York Post story for the victim who was viciously stabbed in the lobby of a New York City apartment building.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of negligent security at an apartment building in New York, it is important that you consult with a New York Negligent Security attorney at The Law Offices of Effie Soter, P.C. One of our New York Negligent Security attorneys can explain your legal rights about your situation. In some instances, it is important that you consult with a New York Negligent Security attorney within a reasonable time after your incident because you may have a shortened period of time to bring a claim against the owner of the property where your incident occurred.
The New York Negligent Security Attorneys at The Law Offices of Effie Soter, P.C. offer free case evaluations, so contact us today and let us start working on your case together.