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Slip and Fall at Apartment Complex

Unconscious man laying on stairs in apartment complex from slip and fall accidentSlip and fall accidents at an apartment complex can wreak havoc on your life. It can disrupt your daily activities and even impact the rest of your life. Having an accident can cause financial instability and uncertainty, which is why you need to be aware of your rights. In many cases, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. A personal injury attorney can work with you to determine if you have a case and help you get you the money you deserve for your slip and fall accident.

Common Injuries as a Result of Slip and Fall at an Apartment Complex

The type of injuries and severity of the injuries can depend on your specific situation. Some of these injuries can include:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Dental injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries, such as sprains, bruises, and strains
  • Fractures
  • Cuts
  • Tears and ruptures
  • Herniated disc

It’s important to remember that if you were injured as a result of a slip and fall accident, you should seek out medical help.

How a Slip and Fall Can Occur at an Apartment Complex

Apartment complexes bring about a lot of hazards that could potentially cause a serious injury. Some of these slip and fall accidents can be caused by:

  • Improperly maintained parking lot or sidewalks
  • Slip and falls inside of the apartments
  • Slip and falls in common areas in the apartment building
  • Improper lighting
  • Improperly maintained flooring
  • Wet floors
  • Objects that are potential trip hazards, like carpeting that isn’t secured.
  • Poorly maintained stairs
  • Slip and falls in pool area

Who is Responsible for a Slip and Fall at an Apartment Building?

If you have been injured at an apartment building, you need to understand your rights. First of all, you will need to prove that someone’s negligence was what eventually led to your slip and fall accident. You also need to be sure that the landlord or tenant was aware of the hazard and had a reasonable amount of time to fix it.

Landlord Liability

Under Florida law, landlords and/or property owners are required to maintain the property in a way to ensure it is safe for the tenants and their visitors. Landlords need to be sure that they keep the property as clean as possible and ensure that any potential hazards are remedied as soon as possible. Landlords are also required to abide by all of the local safety, building, and health codes.

Whenever a landlord is made aware of a potential hazard, they are required by law to remedy the situation in a reasonable amount of time. However, it’s also important to know that even if a landlord isn’t aware of the problem they may still be held liable for it especially if you can prove that they should have known about the hazard. It’s the responsibility of the landlord to regularly inspect the property to identify any situations and fix them in a reasonable amount of time. By failing to do a regular inspection, a landlord can be held liable.

It is up to you to prove that the landlord was negligent, meaning that they knew there was a problem or there was a problem but they didn’t inspect the property, and they didn’t fix the hazard. If the hazard just happened, such as a light just went out in a stairwell and you fell, then the landlord wasn’t negligent as they didn’t have a reasonable amount of time to fix the hazard.

If you have had a slip and fall accident in an apartment building, you should take photos of the accident and the hazard that caused your slip and fall. It’s also important to get the information of anyone who may have witness to the accident to help compile evidence for your case.

Tenant Liability

There are some situations where a tenant may be liable for your accident. In these cases, the tenant was responsible for the hazard that led to your accident or you had your slip and fall accident in an area that they control. The same rules of negligence applies, meaning that they would have had to know about the hazard and had a reasonable amount of time to fix the problem.

One example of this is if there were a leak in their apartment but they never told the landlord about the problem. If this results in a slippery floor that caused a slip and fall accident, the tenant would be to blame for the accident. However, if the tenant did inform the landlord of the issue but the landlord didn’t fix it, then the liability would fall back to the landlord. There would need to be proof that the tenant didn’t contact the landlord or that the landlord didn’t take care of the problem in a timely fashion.

The lease agreement the tenant signed prior to moving into the apartment complex typically clearly states the areas of the complex that the tenant or the landlord controls. It will also clearly discuss the responsibilities of the landlord and tenant when it comes to regularly inspecting and properly maintaining or repairing the property.

Call an Apartment Complex Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer

As previously mentioned, you should seek out medical help after your slip and fall. This can provide documentation of your injuries, which can help your case. It will also look bad if you refuse medical treatment, which can be used against you by the defendant. After you compile as much evidence as possible, you should contact an apartment slip and fall accident lawyer as soon as possible. The earlier they get involved in your case, the better your outcomes will be.

At The Injury Firm, we are highly experienced and qualified in a wide array of personal injury cases. We will work with you, letting you know what to expect every step of the process. Our goal is to get you the compensation that you deserve. We always have our client’s best interests at heart, which is why we fight to get you the money that you are owed for your injuries. Call Today: 954-951-0000.

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