We get a lot of calls from people who are hesitant to bring a claim because they got hurt, but it was in their own building. In this case, same principles of New York law and negligence law apply. If you are injured by the fault or the negligence of another party, you have the right to sue for damages regardless of who that other person is. For example, people can get hurt in their own building walking across a lobby being maintained and mopped at that moment, but there were no signs up that it’s wet. In that situation, you absolutely have the right to sue.
The only caveat when you are bringing a claim for injuries in your own building, could be a factual issue. Because you live there and typically go in and out every day, you might be aware of a given condition, a broken stairwell, a broken door handle, or something like that. The same principles apply, and one can still bring a claim. Don’t forget, when we’re talking about one’s own building, it could also be the building where you work. You cannot sue the owner of the building if you work for the owner, but perhaps there’s an elevator accident. The elevator company as a separate outside contractor could be claimed against. In any event, contact an attorney, call our office, and we will think about the particulars and the specifics of your matter.
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