There are many people who live in apartment buildings in Pennsylvania. Usually, people are satisfied with the condition of their place as long as it is kept up to date and maintained. However, in the event that a landlord does not take care of their building and the units, safety hazards can arise. These have the potential to cause accidents that result in serious injuries for residents. Victims of these situations can seek financial compensation with the help of an experienced personal injury attorney.
Causes of Apartment Accidents
Everyone should feel safe where they live. This includes those who rent homes from other people. Apartments can be kept safe as long as they are properly kept and hazards are addressed immediately. If the grounds and units of an apartment are not taken care of, they can become dangerous. Landlords are required to do proper inspections so that they are aware of any hazards that need to be taken care of. Some that may exist in an apartment building can include the following:
- Inadequate lighting: If an apartment complex is not well-lit, it can result in dangerous falls.
- Poor weather conditions: In the event of poor weather conditions, properties must be cleaned within a certain window of time. Residents can slip and fall if not.
- Damaged or uneven flooring: Loose floorboards, torn carpeting, protruding nails and more can cause accidents.
- Pools: If the proper safety measures are not implemented for apartment pools, the environment can become dangerous for guests.
- Smoke or carbon monoxide detectors: All detectors in apartment units and common areas must be checked regularly. The entire complex can be put in danger if the system fails to work in a time of need.
- Hazardous stairwells: Stairways and handrails must be maintained so residents cannot trip and fall.
Recovering Compensation After an Accident
People who become injured due to negligence often want to seek justice for their suffering. This can be accomplished with a personal injury lawsuit. During this time, the injured party and their attorney works to prove the other party was negligent. This requires them to satisfy the burden of proof with evidence. This evidence can consist of medical documentation of their injuries, pictures of the hazard that caused the accident, any witness statements, and more.
If the injured party is successful in proving negligence, they may be eligible to recover financial compensation. This is coverage the victim receives for any damages that stem from the accident and their suffering. This can include medical bills, lost wages, lost future wages, emotional distress, pain and suffering, and more.
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