What to Know About Apartment Accidents in Pennsylvania

If you have been injured in an apartment accident due to no fault of your own, you may be seeking to recover compensation in a personal injury claim. To learn more about the steps you should take following an apartment accident and the time period you will have to sue your negligent landlord, continue reading and reach out to our experienced personal injury attorney.

What are the most common causes of apartment accidents in Pennsylvania?

Typically, many apartment accidents are caused by the negligence of the landlord. The following are the most common causes of apartment accidents that can lead to serious injury:

  • Failure to install smoke alarms
  • Failure to install carbon monoxide detectors
  • Failure to ensure stairways are safe
  • Poorly lit parking lots
  • Failing to remove snow, ice, or other weather-related hazards
  • Unsafe apartment sidewalks

What should I do following an apartment accident?

Take the following steps while you are still at the scene of your apartment accident to protect yourself and your future personal injury claim:

  1. Call the police. They will bring medical attention to the scene and conduct a police report to document the accident.
  2. Seek medical attention immediately.
  3. Collect all medical documentation relating to your treatment.
  4. Alert your landlord of the accident.
  5. Take photos of the hazards that led to your accident.
  6. Collect any witnesses’ contact information including their name, phone number, and email address.
  7. Retain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney who will work to satisfy the burden of proof to recover the compensation you deserve. They will also be able to work to recover further evidence to support your claim including surveillance footage of your accident as it happened.

How long will I have to take legal action against my landlord after an apartment accident?

The statute of limitations for personal injury claims is generally two years in Pennsylvania. This means that you will have two years from the date of your accident to take legal action against your landlord after an apartment accident. This time period is important to understand because failure to file your claim within two years may result in you being permanently time-barred from suing. The sooner you take action, the better. To get started with this process as soon as possible, give our experienced personal injury firm a call today to discuss the next steps you will take. Our firm wants each of our clients to achieve the compensation they require the move on with their life.


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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