Apartment living may be an attractive option for many people. Being able to call on a landlord is a wonderful thing. A landlord has a responsibility to keep a tenant’s apartment safe and inhabitable. When a landlord is informed of a potential hazard, it is his or her responsibility to fix the issue in a timely manner. Unfortunately, when a landlord fails to take care of a problem, a tenant’s safety may be at risk. If a tenant sustains a serious injury due to a hazard in an apartment, the landlord may be liable. If you were injured in your apartment and believe it was caused by negligence, you should consult with an attorney to assess your matter and discuss your legal options. The attorneys at Friedman Schuman have over 30 years of experience helping injured clients navigate through complicated premises liability matters. Contact Friedman Schuman today to schedule a consultation.
Common apartment accidents
Premises liability is essentially a legal theory stating that property owners may be liable for accidents and injuries that occur on their property. Landlords and/or superintendents have a responsibility to ensure their property is safe for employees, residents, and guests. Accidents and injuries can occur if a property owner or landlord fails to keep the property safe. For example, a landlord or property owner may be liable for a person’s injuries if the property owner failed to remove snow from a sidewalk or apply salt to an icy walkway. Some of the most common accidents that occur in apartments are as follows:
- Faulty stairways: When people walk up or down a staircase, they may not think they should watch their every step. However, if there is a loose stair or railing, a person can become seriously injured. If a landlord fails to remedy this issue within a reasonable period of time after being notified, they may be held liable.
- Sidewalks and parking lots: Property owners have a responsibility to make sure that the parking lots and sidewalks assigned to the property are maintained by the owner, landlord, or property management. Someone may become seriously injured if an owner or property manager fails to fix a hazard. Some examples of sidewalk/parking lot issues include potholes, uneven surfaces, loose debris, slippery substances, or snow/ice during winter months.
- Fitness center equipment: Many apartment complexes have amenities, such as fitness centers and swimming pools. Residents hope that these machines are maintained, kept up to code (if applicable), and regularly inspected for safety. If property owners are not diligent in their upkeep of amenities or amenity services, a tenant, guest, or employee may be injured.
Contact a Montgomery County personal injury attorney
Tenants rely on their landlords to keep the apartment inhabitable and safe from any dangerous conditions. If you were injured due to a landlord’s negligence, contact Friedman Schuman today to schedule a consultation. Our attorneys have over 30 years of experience representing clients who have been injured in apartment accidents. Contact our firm today for the legal guidance you deserve.