Out of the 283,200 annual average rape or sexual assault victimizations for women aged 12 or older, both reported and not reported to the police, only approximately 12 percent resulted in an arrest.  People, woman, children, the elderly, and men, are no longer safe in their own homes and apartments.  Rapes, assaults, serious injury or death are usually crimes of opportunity because of inadequate security.  These are preventable crimes and injuries.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to inadequate security, call one of the Inadequate Security Lawyers at Sonin & Genis. We are proud that one of our verdicts in a personal injury case was written up as one of the top jury verdicts of the year in the National Law Journal, New York Law Journal, New York Magazine, and ALM Verdictsearch.

A significant contributing factor in causing or allowing these crimes to occur is improper maintenance of residential or commercial property by negligent landlords or managing agents, which creates unsafe and even dangerous circumstances, which needlessly exposes people to unnecessary harm.

Examples of negligent acts or omissions that are a proximate cause of these violent crimes to occur are:

  • inadequate security
  • broken front door lock or front door
  • broken intercom system
  • inadequate lighting
  • broken security gates
  • inadequate security cameras
  • insufficient or negligent security personnel
  • landlords that fail to alert residents of a criminal or sex offender tenant
  • Bars, restaurants, nightclubs and establishments where alcohol is served to visibly intoxicated customers

About 58 percent of female victims of sexual violence suffered a physical injury during the attack, such as gunshot wounds, rape injuries, stab wounds, internal injuries, or broken bones. But the percentage of females who were physically injured during a rape or sexual assault and received some type of treatment for their injuries is only about 35 percent.

At Sonin & Genis, we understand that the physical injuries are the least of the harms suffered by a victim of a sexual assault.  The mental, emotional and psychological scars and trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD], depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder, mood disorder, difficulties with coping mechanisms, with work, with relationships can be disabling.  The loss of security, of feeling safe, of betrayal can be paralyzing.  Imagine being afraid to go to sleep or turning out lights at night because of the fear of being attacked, again.

People harmed by others may require extensive therapy, counseling and treatment, requiring various specialists and medications.  Some people do not believe in therapy.  Sometimes therapy cannot help, and people can be prisoners trapped in their own bodies, have nightmares and be tormented and tortured by their memories.

Some survivors of an attack are unable to work, or have diminished earnings.

If you or a loved one has been harmed and suffered from a crime due to inadequate security, you need immediate legal attention from a New York inadequate security lawyer who will fight for your rights.

Sonin & Genis’ expert assault lawyers will carefully assess your case and determine who is responsible for the conditions that led to your pain and suffering.

If you or anyone you know is the victim of assault and bodily injury as a result of negligence on the part of the property owner, a New York inadequate security lawyer can help you bring the responsible party or parties to justice.


After three decades of experience providing legal counsel and aid for victims of all violent crimes, our knowledgeable assault lawyers have reliable methods for prosecuting brutal crimes like rape and assault due to inadequate security measures. We are experts at identifying factors that caused the unsafe situation and allowed the crime to occur.

You need a lawyer that understands and knows the science of criminology, medicine and psychology of injury and is able to educate and teach a jury the significance and permanent consequences of these harms and losses, so that a fair jury can provide the helps and fixes that justice requires.

You need a lawyer that has the knowledge and ability to successfully cross-examine the stable of defense doctors and litigation experts that the insurance companies routinely rely on to deny liability, causation and damages to deprive injured people their fair compensation.

We have an excellent medical, security, forensic and engineering reference library.  We read and research medical and other journals regularly.  Our lawyers have taught Continuing Legal Education Classes and published articles on handling these types of cases and these issues.  Our knowledge, hard work and skill have enabled us to win many significant verdicts on behalf of our clients.


Our record of success in handling inadequate security lawsuits proves that Sonin & Genis’ sole mission is to get you full legal compensation for the terrible ordeal you went through as a result of negligence on behalf of the responsible party. We’ve earned the nickname “heavy hitters with heart” because we treat our clients with compassion while tenaciously and aggressively bringing the parties responsible to justice. At Sonin & Genis we take the time to review your case and identify all of the relevant defendants, including the landlord or property owner, managing agent, and the company who provided the inadequate security equipment. You can focus on healing while we focus on getting you justice.

It’s important to act quickly. If you or a loved one has been injured in due to inadequate security involving a city or municipality, publicly owned buildings that are owned, operated, managed or funded by the City, such as Housing Preservation & Development [HPD], a Public Authority, such as the New York City Housing Authority [NYCHA], schools [the Department of Education], a County, at the New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation [NYCH&HC], the State or Federal government – a Notice of Claim is usually required, a legal document that explains your claim, and must usually be prepared by your attorneys and served on the municipality within 90 days of injury, and sometimes sooner. Some private entities receive federal funds, and a claim must be filed with the federal government. Because wherever possible records must be obtained and reviewed before the Notice of Claim is prepared and filed, time is of the essence and it is vital that you act quickly!

At Sonin & Genis, we know that you have more important things to worry about than getting records and preparing and filing legal documents, so we take of everything so that you can focus on taking care of your family, so call the experienced New York Inadequate Security lawyers at Sonin & Genis.

There are short Statutes of Limitations within which to commence a lawsuit to protect your rights, so it is important to act quickly!

If you or a loved one has been attacked or sexually assaulted, call Sonin & Genis (718-561-4444) to speak to an expert New York inadequate security lawyer today.

*Sonin & Genis has taught CLE classes on inadequate security cases