Many people live in apartment buildings all over the state of Maryland. While they are usually satisfied with the way they live, sometimes apartments can present safety hazards. These can cause accidents within the apartment building or unit that have the potential to result in serious injuries. When facing these situations, it is important to know that victims can seek financial compensation with the assistance of an experienced attorney.
Causes of Apartment Accidents
It is important for a person to feel safe in the place they live in. Apartments can be kept safe by proper maintenance. If the grounds of an apartment complex, including any hazards within each unit, are not taken care of, dangers can arise. This requires landlords to stay on top of these matters so that repairs can be made when necessary. Some hazards that may exist in an apartment building:
- 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.
Recovering Compensation After an Accident
Often times, after a person is injured in an accident due to negligence, they want to seek justice for their suffering. This can be done by pursuing a personal injury lawsuit to hold a negligent party liable for their actions. During this time, they are required to prove negligence with evidence that satisfies the burden of proof. This can include medical documentation of their injuries, pictures of the hazard that caused the accident, any witness statements, and more. If the injured party is successful in proving negligence, they may be able to recover significant financial compensation. This serves as coverage for any damages that occur as a result of the accident. This can include medical bills, lost wages, the loss of future wages, emotional distress, and more.
Contact our Firm
If you or someone you love was injured in a personal injury accident and wish to speak with an experienced attorney, contact Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates today.