You should feel nothing less than safe in your home. You should also have nothing but trust in your landlord that they will keep the premises safe to reside in. So it is disappointing when this is not the case, and you instead enter a slip and fall accident in your unit or at your apartment complex. Read on to discover who may be liable for slip and fall accidents at apartment complexes and how a seasoned Tampa slip and fall lawyer at Merricks Law Group, P.A. can guide you in the right direction.
Why might an accident occur at an apartment?
Arguably the most common type of accident that might occur in an apartment complex is a slip and fall accident. More specific examples include the following:
- A tenant may slip and fall due to a loose handrail or step on a stairwell.
- A tenant may slip and fall due to inadequate lighting in the hallway.
- A tenant may slip and fall due to damage on a balcony.
- A tenant may slip and fall due to weather-related debris in the parking lot.
- A tenant may slip and fall due to a lack of barriers surrounding a swimming pool.
Besides a slip and fall accident, a tenant may also be involved in other types of accidents, such as the following:
- A tenant may be made a victim of an attack due to a lack of security surrounding the premises.
- A tenant may get injured due to a faulty smoke detector.
- A tenant may become ill due to a defective carbon monoxide detector.
- A tenant may become ill due to the presence of mold or asbestos.
Who is responsible for slip and fall accidents that occur in apartment complexes?
More often than not, regardless of the type of accident that occurred, a landlord is to blame for the events. But if you are still unsure as to whether this standard of liability applies to your particular accident, then you may want to reflect on the following questions:
- Are you a lawful tenant of an apartment complex in which a landlord owes you a duty of care?
- Was there a hazardous condition present at your apartment complex?
- Did your landlord breach their duty of care by failing to punctually clear or fix the hazardous condition?
- Did your encounter with the hazardous condition prompt your accident and subsequent injuries and damages?
So, if your answers to the above questions are a unanimous “yes,” then you may proceed forward with placing a lawsuit against the negligent landlord. You must tackle your slip and fall accident claim as soon as possible. So call a competent Hillsborough County personal injury lawyer from Merricks Law Group, P.A. today.