If you have been injured in your apartment building, you may be wondering who will be held responsible for your accident. In many cases, your landlord may be considered negligent for accidents that occur on his or her property. Read on to learn more.
What are the Most Common Causes of Apartment Accidents?
When living in an apartment, we assume our landlords will keep the property safe. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. If properties are not properly maintained at all times, serious accidents can occur. The majority of these accidents are due to:
- Inadequate lighting: When a landlord fails to keep his or her premises well-lit, tenants may trip and fall over the cracked pavement, potholes, or other safety hazards that they may have otherwise avoided.
- Poor weather conditions: If you slipped and fell due to a landlord who neglected his or her duties to remove snow, ice, and other safety hazards within the legally acceptable timeframe, there is a good chance you will be entitled to financial compensation.
- Damaged flooring: Protruding nails, loose floorboards, and torn carpeting are all common causes of apartment accidents.
- Apartment pools: When negligent pool owners fail to install all necessary barriers, fences, and take other necessary safety measures, people are very often injured as a result. Landlords should always have “wet floor” and other hazard warning signs on hand.
- Broken smoke or carbon monoxide detectors: Landlords should always ensure their tenants have working alert systems because when they do not, people can be seriously injured.
- Staircases in disrepair: If a handrail is not properly installed or secured, it may break loose from its fittings. Those who have been injured as a result will generally have a valid personal injury claim.
How Can I Recover Compensation?
In order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to provide proof of negligence. One of the most important ways to do this is to take photos and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur. Additionally, you should be sure to visit the hospital immediately after your accident. Be sure to reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Contact our experienced Smith County, Texas firm
There are few things more jarring and disturbing than being wrongly injured in an accident. Our firm understands how difficult it can be to recuperate after a serious accident, which is why we are here to help you through the legal process, every step of the way. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident due to another party’s negligence, you need a skilled attorney on your side. Contact J. Chad Parker, PLLC today for an attorney who is ready to fight for the compensation you deserve.