Housing Authority Claims

New York Personal Injury Attorneys

The New York City Housing Authority is the biggest public housing authority on the continent, created in 1935 to provide decent, affordable, housing for low- and moderate-income New Yorkers. NYCHA oversees 178,557 apartments in 2,563 residential buildings, where 174,282 families and 396,581 authorized residents call home. 1 in 7 New York residents live in a NYCHA development.

Unfortunately, negligence and recklessness has plagued the NYCHA in recent years. In December 2017, a tenant of the Boston senior houses in the Allerton section was killed in a faulty elevator, hours after the NYCHA was warned about it. Earlier this year, a ceiling crashed and injured two kids, despite three years of calls to the NYCHA to find a permanent fix. Over the past few months, the agency has fallen under increased scrutiny for it's manner of handling several scandals, many including collapsing ceilings.

At Segal & Lax, our personal injury attorneys are ready to hold the city responsible for any injuries you may have sustained while in public housing. We can help you with the following cases:

  • Ceiling collapses
  • Faulty elevators
  • Broken staircases
  • Cracked sidewalks

The NYCHA owes a duty to its tenants and their visitors to ensure that the property is free from unreasonable hazards. A landlord must also take reasonable and timely actions to correct any problems that could make the property unsafe.

Proving Liability After an Accident

If you believe your landlord or the NYCHA is to blame for your accident and injuries, it is important for you to have physical proof. Below are a few pieces of evidence that may help your case:

  • Photos and videos: No one can deny visual evidence of a hazard. If you can, take pictures or a video of the accident scene. This evidence is useful if you have to testify in court or before a jury.
  • Medical bills: Following an accident, you may seek compensation. Your medical bills and insurance payments are useful in determining how much money you may be entitled to.
  • Correspondence with your landlord or the NYCHA. If you have proof of your complaint, that is very useful in court. It would be difficult to prove anyone was liable if they did not know about the problem.

If you have been injured in an accident and believe the NYCHA is to blame, contact our New York personal injury lawyers at Segal & Lax immediately. We can help you collect evidence, build a strong case and recover the compensation you need to pay for medical bills, pain and suffering, rehabilitation, and more. Contact us today to learn more about your legal options against a negligent landlord or housing authority.

We provide personalized legal services in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. Call us today at 800-SMART-LAW for a free consultation. If you are hospitalized or severly injured and unable to travel to our office - we can come to you.


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