Many people find a home in apartments rather than a house. Generally, they are satisfied with the building or complex as long as it is maintained and taken care of. However, this may not be the case if a landlord does not care for the building. This can cause safety hazards within the building and the units, possibly resulting in dangerous accidents. When this happens, residents can sustain serious injuries that impact them for a long time or even for the rest of their life. Victims of these accidents may be able to recover significant compensation with the assistance of an experienced attorney.
Causes of Apartment Accidents
It is important that everyone feels comfortable and safe where they live. It is the job of a building owner to ensure this safety for their residents. Apartment buildings are kept safe when the people who maintain them conduct proper inspections and address any hazards within a reasonable amount of time. If they fail to do so, the conditions can become dangerous and cause accidents. Some hazards that may exist in an apartment can include the following:
- Inadequate lighting: If there is not good lighting within an apartment complex, it can result in dangerous falls.
- Poor weather conditions: When poor weather conditions occur, the property must be cleaned within a certain time period. If not, residents can slip and fall.
- Damaged or uneven flooring: Accidents can be caused by loose floorboards, torn carpeting, protruding nails, etc.
- Pools: If the proper safety measures are not implemented for apartment pools, the environment can become dangerous for guests.
- Smoke or carbon monoxide detectors: Detectors in apartment units and common areas must be checked regularly to ensure they are still working properly. If the system fails to work in a time of need, the building can be put in danger.
- Hazardous stairwells: Stairways and handrails must be taken care of so residents do not fall.
Recovering Compensation After an Accident
When a person becomes injured due to the negligence of another party, they often want to seek justice for the suffering they endured. This can be done by pursuing a personal injury lawsuit. This works to hold another party negligent for the damages that were caused because of the accident. In order to do this, the injured party must satisfy the burden of proof. This can be done with evidence such as medical documentation of the injuries, pictures of the hazard, witness statements, and more.
In the event of a successful lawsuit, the injured party may be able to recover financial compensation. This provides coverage for those damages that result from the accident and the individual’s suffering. Coverage may exist for medical bills, lost wages, lost future wages, emotional distress, pain and suffering, and more.
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Attorney Newman has represented clients in Pennsylvania for over 45 years. If you need an experienced attorney to help guide you through the personal injury claims process or with any criminal defense matters, Attorney Newman is ready to help. Contact The Law Office of Neal E. Newman today to schedule a consultation.