When you slip and fall inside your apartment
Posted March 6th, 2015 by Anthony Carbone, PC.
You’ve told your landlord several times about the leaky ceiling. Every time it rains, you have to run and get pots so the leak won’t ruin your carpet. But no matter how many times you’ve complained, your landlord just ignores you. After one nasty storm, you go to pick up the pot from the floor. However, water had splashed onto the floor during the storm. You slip on the puddle and fall, breaking your leg. Who is responsible for this accident?
This may seem like a cut and dry case. Obviously you were in your own home; therefore, you’re responsible for your own slip and fall accident. But that may not be the case. Since you had informed your landlord about the leak previously, it is his responsibility to fix it. Since he was negligent and failed to fix the leak, your landlord is just as liable for your accident as you are. Remember, it’s the landlord’s responsibility to keep your rental property safe for you and your guests. Because he was negligent, you can sue him for the damages.
But what if he was unaware of the leak? Let’s change the scenario and say you never told the landlord of the leak. Is he still responsible for your slip and fall accident? It’s a tough road to assign blame to your landlord if this was the case. Unless the rental property itself was in a state of neglect, such as broken stairwells or bad plumbing, your case will be an uphill battle.
What ever the case may be, a slip and fall accident inside an apartment can be a tough case to prove. Many juries may say if you were more observant, the accident probably wouldn’t have happened. That’s why you need an experienced personal injury lawyer by your side to help you win your case. For more than 26 years, the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone has been getting clients the compensation they deserve after an accident. If you have a slip and fall accident, don’t delay. Contact us today for a free consultation.