When moving into an apartment, you expect that your landlord will keep the property safe. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Read on to learn more about apartment accidents in Maryland.
Who is Responsible for an Apartment Accident?
In Maryland, property owners are responsible for keeping the premises safe for tenants and guests. If a property is not maintained at all times, serious accidents can occur. If you are injured due to the negligence of your landlord, you may deserve compensation to ease the burdens caused by your injuries.
What are the Most Common Causes of Apartment Accidents?
The majority of apartment accidents are caused by negligence. The most common examples of negligence include:
- Inadequate lighting: Failure to ensure areas within the apartment complex are well-lit. This can result in dangerous falls.
- Poor weather conditions: After poor weather conditions, the property must be cleaned within a certain period of time. If not, a resident can slip and fall.
- Damaged or uneven flooring: Loose floorboards, torn carpeting, protruding nails and more can cause dangerous accidents.
- Pools: If a landlord does not implement the proper safety measures for a pool on their grounds, the environment can become dangerous for guests.
- Smoke or carbon monoxide detectors: All detectors in apartment units and common areas must be checked regularly to ensure they are working. If the system fails to work in a time of need, the entire complex can be put in danger.
- Hazardous stairwells: Stairways and handrails must be maintained or residents can fall and be injured.
How Long do I Have to File a Claim?
In Maryland, the statute of limitations is generally three years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within three years will likely mean losing your opportunity to recover compensation. An injury can take a major toll physically, financially, emotionally, and mentally and you deserve compensation to help ease these burdens. To avoid missing any important deadlines, be sure to contact a seasoned attorney as soon as possible. Our firm is here to advocate for you and walk you through the process each step of the way.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an apartment accident, you will need the help of an experienced and dedicated attorney. Contact our firm today to discuss your case.
Contact our Firm
If you or a family member have been injured in a personal injury accident and wish to speak with an attorney, contact Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates today.