Neglect at NYCHA Complex May Contribute to Apartment Accidents in Brooklyn

In order to avoid potentially serious apartment complex accidents in Brooklyn, safety advocates enlisted the help of media outlets to shine light on darkness at a NYCHA facility in Cypress Hill.

Residents had long been complaining about the lack of adequate lighting in and around the apartment complex at Cypress Hills Houses in East New York. In this case, residents were using flashlights and cell phones to navigate of hazards and protect themselves. Finally someone was able to pass this potential hazard along to a local media outlet which launched its own investigation. Reporters discovered that the exterior lighting at the facility had not been working for nearly a year-leaving residents and visitors in serious danger of slip and fall accidents. The violation is a clear case of neglect and also a violation of duty that landlords have to individuals in order to provide safety and security on their premises.

Indeed, in publically accessible places, landlords and property owners must provide adequate lighting to maximize the safety of those passing through. If they do not, and an individual is injured-either in slip and fall accident or as a victim of violence-that property owner could potentially be held liable for those injuries.

While crime is no doubt a danger, the more immediate risk is of a trip and fall accident at the apartment complex in New York-which spans almost 29 acres.

The landlord in this case is the City of New York-specifically, NYCHA. The office has since repaired the exterior lighting but that begs the question: why did it take a news media investigation for them to act?

If you have been injured at an apartment complex either overseen by NYCHA or by a private developer, the City or the private property owner may be responsible for the injuries sustained as a result of their neglect. You need an experienced apartment accident attorney in New York City on your side. You need the experienced professionals at the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel. Call today at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 for your free consultation.

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