Pennsylvania is home to several charming, safe, and comfortable apartment complexes. However, an apartment complex is only as safe as its landlord allows it to be. Landlords are responsible for maintaining their premises at all times, and when an issue arises, they must address it within a reasonable period of time. If they don’t, people can get hurt. If you are someone who has been injured in an apartment accident, you must read on and reach out to our experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys to learn more about how we can help you through the legal process going forward. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What causes apartment accidents?
Apartment accidents happen for several reasons, though unfortunately, you can very often trace their origin back to a negligent landlord or property owner. Some of the most frequent causes of apartment accidents can include defective smoke or carbon monoxide detectors, damaged flooring, insufficient lighting (especially in walkways and apartment complex parking lots), and more. If you have been injured because of any of these factors, you are most likely now looking to sue.
How do I sue a negligent landlord?
To win a premises liability lawsuit, you will have to hire a seasoned attorney to fight in your corner. Once you do, your attorney will work to recover various types of evidence that he or she may use to prove your personal injury claim. As long as you can prove that the landlord either knew, or should have reasonably known about the safety hazard present, failed to take action to fix it, and you were injured as a result, you should be entitled to financial compensation. Some of the most valuable types of evidence are surveillance footage of the accident, police reports of the incident, medical documentation, and witness statements verifying your claim.
What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Pennsylvania?
Every state has a statute of limitations in place when it comes to personal injury claims. Rather simply, the phrase “statute of limitations” refers to the amount of time you have to take legal action against another party. Since the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Pennsylvania is, generally, two years, you will have two years from the date of your accident to pursue legal action against a negligent property owner. If you wait any longer than two years, you will most likely be denied the financial compensation you need.
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