Can I Sue My Landlord for an Injury in Pennsylvania?

There are few things more disconcerting than being unsafe in your own home, and while most tenants in PA do not have to worry about this, there are times where apartments can become very unsafe, usually as a result of negligent landlords. Please continue reading and speak with our Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys to learn more about whether you can sue your landlord for an injury. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How do apartment accidents most commonly happen?

Apartment accidents can occur for many different reasons, and though at times, tenants have no one but themselves to blame, in many cases, they are actually the result of a landlord failing to fulfill his or her obligations to keep the premises safe for all. Some of the most common types of landlord negligence that leads to injuries are as follows:

  • Neglecting to install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Having asbestos in the air and failing to take care of it
  • Unclean drinking water
  • Unsafe stairwells, flooring, and balconies
  • Unsafe playground equipment (or other unsafe amenities on the complex grounds)
  • Failing to remove weather-related hazards timely
  • Unsafe parking lot/sidewalk conditions

Can I sue my landlord for an apartment accident injury?

As long as you and your Pennsylvania personal injury attorney can prove that the landlord either knew or should have known about the unsafe apartment conditions, failed to take action to fix them, and that you were injured and incurred significant damages as a result, you should recover the compensation you require to heal. Some of the most useful forms of evidence in proving these claims include pictures of the unsafe apartment conditions, written and dated complaints to your landlord proving that he or she knew of the unsafe conditions and failed to fix them, medical documents, a copy of the police report filed at the scene, witness statements, surveillance footage of the accident, and more.

What is the statute of limitations for premises liability claims in Pennsylvania?

The statute of limitations for premises liability claims in the state of Pennsylvania is, generally, two years, which means that in most cases, you will only have two years from the date of your accident to take legal action against the party responsible for your injuries. Our firm can begin your claim today–all you have to do is pick up the phone and schedule your initial consultation.


Friedman Schuman is an experienced and dedicated legal resource for clients throughout Pennsylvania. We proudly serve clients facing a wide range of legal matters. If you require the services of an effective attorney, please contact Friedman Schuman today to schedule a consultation.

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