I had the greatest attorney and we won a settlement in which she had to pay me 4500.00 and she couldn't collect a year of unpaid rent as she had no certificate of occupancy. My lawyer suggested I sue the landlord for all the health issues I endured for the 3 years I lived there, and am still battling since I left. I was hospitalized while there, and the hospital and my personal physician also urged me to sue due to the multiple environmental issues that caused me to lose wages and incur medical bills. She also harassed me constantly and would not even listen to her own lawyer when told to stop. In fact, 2 lawyers dropped her before her 3rd lawyer reluctantly took her case. Believe it or not b there is more to this story. I need an advocate to take on part 2 of this case. Thank you
You may have a personal injury related claim if you can prove as a result of doing certain things that breached her duty to you as a landlord or by not doing certain things she was required to do as a landlord you suffered injuries (illness, etc.). New York has a 3 year statute of limitations on such claims, after which you will not be able to sue the landlord. However, there are variances to that based on certain factors. I recommend that you contact a personal injury lawyer.
In light of your first round of success, why not reach out to the same attorney for some guidance? I would do that for sure!!
In no way am I offering you legal advice, and in no way has my comment created an attorney-client relationship. You are not to rely upon my note above in any way, but insted need to sit down with counsel and share all relevant facts before receiving fully-informed legal advice. If you want to be completely sure of your rights, you must sit down with an experienced criminal defense attorney to be fully aware of your rights.
You should use your first attorney or ask him for a referral since he is most familiar with the case.
I have practiced criminal law and personal injury law in New York City and surrounding counties for 14 years. The answers I provide are my opinions as to the question posed. It is not to be taken as legal advice. If you have been charged with any crime, consulting with an experienced criminal lawyer is always a good idea.
So you had a good result with your attorney representing you, but now you are asking how to sue your former landlady again. If you have been unable to find an attorney interested in taking on this case, perhaps there is a law school with a legal clinic who wouod be willing to help you.
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