If you are renting an apartment from a landlord, it will mean that you expect the apartment and the rest of the building to be in a reasonable condition. If you find the stairs difficult to climb or the floors slippery, you may have considered raising the issue to your landlord. You may also be concerned about hazards such as delivery packages or newspapers that are left on the floor in your building.
If you suffered a fall in your building and you believe that the hazardous conditions of the apartment were to blame, it is likely that you will feel anger and frustration. This will be exacerbated if you had previously complained to your landlord about the dangerous conditions in the building.
A serious fall could lead to mounting medical bills and time off work while you fight to get healthy. Based on the circumstances of your situation, you might be entitled to monetary compensation. It is important that you take the time to learn about premises liability law and how it applies to apartment building injuries.
Can I make a legal claim against my landlord if I become injured in my building?
If you become injured in the communal areas of the apartment building due to a hazard, you may be able to make a legal claim. Before making a legal claim, it is a good idea to question whether you believe that your landlord could have reasonably done something to prevent you from becoming injured.
For example, if there were newspapers left on the floor that had been there for weeks and you tripped and fell on them, it is safe to say that the manager of your building should have and could have prevented such an incident. However, if you fell down the stairs as a result of being intoxicated and the stairs were perfectly safe for use, it is unlikely that you would be able to make a claim.
It is important to consider the extent of the financial and emotional damages after any injury on a public premises. If you believe that negligence was present in your fall, it is a good idea to take action.