Slip and Fall Series: Who’s at Fault for My Accident at an Apartment Complex?
Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere at anytime. You don’t need bad weather conditions to have an accident. It can happen in your home, at the grocery store, even walking down the sidewalk. In this series, we’ve discussed what happens when you fall on someone’s property and on government property. But what about an apartment complex?
For instance, you and your neighbors have complained to your landlord constantly about the broken stair in your stairwell yet no one has come to fix the issue. You usually warn those coming to visit about the broken stair; however your grandmother decides to pay you an unexpected visit. As she’s climbing the stairs, her foot hit the broken the stair. Her shoelace catches on the wood sticking up from the stair, causing her to lose her balance and fall down the stairs. She breaks her hip. Are you responsible for the accident?
If the accident had occurred in your apartment, you may be considered responsible. However, the apartment complex is considered like a commercial property. And since the landlord was aware of the broken step, he/she is responsible for the slip and fall accident. So not only is the property owner responsible for this accident, but so is the person responsible for the upkeep of the complex, such as a building supervisor. Your grandmother may have multiple parties to sue!
If you or a loved one gets into a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, then you need an experienced lawyer by your side. Contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone now for a free consultation.