Hurt at Home? Could Your Landlord Be To Blame? Find Out.
One of the most common places we get injured is in our own homes. If you are renting, some of these injuries could be the fault of the landlord. While this is not always the case, there are a few things to consider when determining who would be liable.
Landlords are usually obligated to provide housing that meets certain minimum requirements. This usually entails things like security, livability, and safety standards. These conditions often amount to the fact that the landlord must maintain certain portions of the property and fix particular problems.
For example, a broken stair on the central staircase of your building causes you to fall and break your arm, the landlord may be responsible. If the landlord was maintaining those stairs, knew about the problem but failed repair it in a reasonable amount of time, and the repair was not a significant burden to the landlord, the landlord may be at fault. Other factors to consider are whether the results of the action or inaction could lead to serious injury. In this case, the unrepaired step can and did result in broken limbs; you can prove it was the fall that broke your arm, and that you are not making it up.
If your landlord agreed to even more responsibilities in your lease, they could be responsible for larger categories of injury and it is a good idea to consult with an attorney.
There are situations where injuries that happen because of something you did in your own apartment that is your own fault are not the responsibility of your landlord. For example, burning your hand on your own skillet \probably will not be considered your landlord’s problem.
If you and an attorney determine the personal injury was the fault of the landlord, you could file damages for any number of things, including medical costs, lost or reduced wages, and pain and suffering.
Keep in mind, however, that many aspects governing tenants and landlords are covered under state laws. That means you need to find an attorney that is local and well aware of what the law says. Keeping your attorney involved means you can determine the proper procedure and what your next steps should be.