Nobody expects to sustain a serious injury in their own home. Unfortunately, it happens, and if you rent, there is a chance your landlord may be responsible for your accident. Read on and reach out to our experienced Howard County personal injury attorneys to learn more about apartment accidents, whether you may have a valid injury claim, and how our legal team can fight for the compensation you deserve and need to heal. Here are some of the questions you may have:
Can I sue my landlord for an injury sustained in an apartment accident?
To have a valid premises liability claim against your landlord, you must prove that the landlord either knew or should have reasonably known about the unsafe property conditions, failed to fix them timely, and you were injured and incurred damages as a result. For example, if you have proof that you notified your landlord of a dangerous apartment condition but your landlord never fixed it, you may have a valid claim. Some of the most common causes of apartment accidents we see are as follows:
- Dangerous stairways or defective elevators
- Unsafe parking lots or sidewalks, potentially due to poor lighting, potholes, or weather-related hazards left uncleared away
- Failure to install/change batteries in smoke or carbon monoxide detectors
- Insufficient security/surveillance
- Dangerous tap water or unclean air conditions, such as the presence of disturbed asbestos
If you were hurt because of any of the aforementioned, there’s a chance you will have a valid injury claim. We can assess your case and determine the best path forward.
How long do I have to sue someone for an injury in Maryland?
In most cases, the statute of limitations for premises liability claims is three years. This means you are required to file a personal injury claim within three years of the date your accident occurred. Waiting longer than two years will most likely result in you being permanently barred from suing. It’s always best to speak with a competent legal team as soon as possible after an accident, as the longer you wait, the harder it can be to track down witnesses and prove that your injury was truly caused by an accident that happened months, or even over a year ago.
Contact Our Howard County, Maryland Firm
If you or a family member has sustained serious injuries in an accident caused by another person’s negligence, contact Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates today. We are here to provide you with the steady and effective legal guidance you deserve.