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Cracks in Manhattan building pose risk of injury

In Manhattan, new skyscrapers gleam against the original structures of New York’s heritage. As fresh developments change the landscape, however, many older buildings are being forgotten. The rising issue of poor structural maintenance threatens the safety of New York residents. In some cases, the building could collapse, causing serious injury to you and your family.

Recently, a defect forced tenants of an apartment complex on the Upper East Side to evacuate. One resident discovered a deep crevice in the foundation, which the fire department considered a major cause of alarm. Repairs began immediately as tenants packed up essential items and vacated.

During these dangerous scenarios, it’s important to know your landlord’s obligation to you. Property owners are responsible for monitoring structural damage to prevent collapse. They are also accountable for injuries as a result of careless maintenance.

Even when the residents of the apartment reported the hazard, both the superintendant and the owner failed to take action. By allowing damage to remain uninspected and unrepaired, they put the lives of all tenants at risk.

An injury from your own home can be frustrating. If this happens because your landlord failed to properly care for the building, you may be able to receive benefits. These benefits can help you afford medical expenses. They might also replace or reimburse damaged property.

Although it’s always best to report structural damage to avoid an injury in the first place, many issues hide in places you can’t see. When collapse or other disasters cause harm to you or your loved ones, a personal injury attorney can guide you through the steps of filing a claim.

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