A previous post on this blog discussed how business owners, including owners of the many apartment complexes where Long Island residents and other New Yorkers live, have an obligation in many cases to keep the property reasonably secure and, as much as possible, free from criminal activity.
Not only is the obligation only right given that landowners really should keep their property safe for visitors and those who stay on the property, especially if those people are paying the landowner to be there, it is also good for victims because it gives them another source of compensation if they are significantly injured, emotionally or physically, because of criminal activity on the owner's property.
After all, while logically the person who committed the crime is in the best position to pay compensation for their offense, they oftentimes do not have any money or other means to pay for the harm they caused, particularly if they wind up going to prison. A business landowner, however, generally will have the means and the insurance to pay, although it is quite possible that an insurance company will deny a claim or try to pay less than the full extent of compensation owed.
Our law office has decades of experience handling premises liability cases where a New York landowners has failed in some respect in its legal obligations to keep the property safe. We search for all possible sources of compensation, and we have over our many decades of handling these types of cases recovered hundreds of millions of dollars.
We pride ourselves on being tough with those who do not want to take full responsibility for their actions or omissions, but we treat our clients "like family" and make every effort to communicate promptly and candidly with our clients whenever they have a question.