Apartment accidents are more common than we think and can be the cause of severe injuries. If you were injured due to a negligent landlord, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our experienced Texas personal injury attorneys to learn about your options.
What are the most common causes of apartment accidents in Texas?
Apartment accidents can happen in many ways. However, it is important to note that most of them are caused by landlord negligence. While tenants may expect their rental property to be safe for them to use, unfortunately, sometimes it is not. If a property is not properly maintained, injuries can result, and the landlord may be held liable. The most common causes of apartment injuries include the following:
- Broken smoke or carbon monoxide detectors: Landlords should constantly be sure that their tenants have operating alert systems because if they do not, people can be severely injured.
- Inadequate lighting: If a landlord fails to keep his or her property 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: A landlord may be held liable if their tenant slipped and fell due to neglected duties to remove snow, ice, and other safety hazards within the legally adequate timeframe.
- Damaged flooring: Protruding nails, loose floorboards, and torn carpeting are all typical causes of apartment accidents.
- Apartment pools: If a negligent pool owner fails to install all necessary barriers, fences, and take other necessary safety measures, individuals can be severely injured as a result. Landlords should regularly use “wet floor” and other hazard warning signs when necessary.
- Staircases in disrepair: If a handrail is not properly installed or secured, it can break loose from its fittings. Individuals who have been injured as a result will usually have a valid personal injury claim.
Can I pursue legal action after an apartment accident?
The injured party holds the burden of proving that if not for the negligence of their landlord, their injuries would not have been sustained. Evidence of this negligence will be key to your claim. Ensure you have taken pictures of the hazardous conditions that resulted in your injuries, and also be sure to seek medical help to ensure your injuries are properly treated and that you have obtained medical documentation outlining the severity and origin of your injury.
How do I have to file a claim after an apartment accident in Texas?
The statute of limitations in Texas gives an injured party two years from the date of the injury to file a claim. This means that if you fail to file your apartment accident claim within two years from the date of the accident, you will lose the opportunity to win the compensation that you deserve. Contact our firm today to ensure that you are promptly meeting your deadlines.
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.