Is My Landlord Responsible for My Injury? Here’s What to Know.

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If you were recently hurt in your apartment or condo due to no fault of your own, you may be wondering if your landlord is responsible for your injury. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced Jacksonville slip & fall accident attorneys to learn more about apartment accidents and whether you have a valid injury claim. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How do I know if my landlord is responsible for my injury?

The circumstances of your accident will dictate whether your landlord is responsible for your injury. For example, if you simply tripped over your shoelaces and fell down a stairwell, you most likely won’t have a valid premises liability claim against your landlord. However, if you can prove that you were hurt as a direct result of your landlord’s failure to maintain safe premises for his tenants, you may very well have a viable claim. For example, if you notified your landlord of unsafe stairwell conditions, your landlord failed to fix them, and you were injured as a result, you will most likely have a valid claim. Some of the most common unsafe apartment conditions that should be remedied by landlords are as follows:

  • Poorly-lit parking lots
  • Dangerous sidewalks
  • Dangerous stairwells, such as loose railings or broken steps
  • Missing carbon monoxide/smoke detectors
  • Defective playground/gym equipment on the premises
  • Defective elevators
  • Unsafe air or drinking water

What should I do after being hurt in my own apartment?

If you are hurt in your own apartment, the first thing you should do is call emergency services to the scene, as they will ensure your injury is treated promptly, which is the most important thing. Sometimes, people are so injured they are unable to do anything other than call 911, however, if you can, you should try to photograph the dangerous apartment conditions, find any proof of you notifying your landlord of the conditions (if you have it), ask witnesses for their contact information, and request a copy of all medical documentation regarding the injuries you sustained in your apartment. Once you’re ready, you should speak with our experienced Jacksonville personal injury attorneys who can assess the circumstances of your accident and help you bring a personal injury claim against your landlord. As long as we can satisfy the burden of proof, you should receive compensation to help you deal with the physical, financial, and emotional damages you’ve incurred due to your accident.

Contact our experienced Florida firm

Ansbacher Law is composed of knowledgeable attorneys who are ready to assist clients with various legal matters throughout North Florida. We understand the urgency of your personal injury claim and additional legal matters, which is why we provide each of our clients with compassionate and efficient legal assistance, every step of the way. Please contact our office for an initial consultation today.