Injuries can occur anywhere, even in the comfort of your own apartment. No matter on what premises, you must hold the negligent property owner accountable via a personal injury claim. Continue reading to learn what the frequent causes of apartment accidents are and how one of the seasoned Howard County slip and fall accident attorneys at Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates can walk you through your claim.
What are the common causes of apartment accidents in the state of Maryland?
Landlords throughout the state of Maryland carry a duty of care toward their tenants. In other words, they are responsible for ensuring that their premises are safe for their tenants to habitually live in. So when they fail to uphold this responsibility, this is when accidents arise. The most common causes of apartment accidents include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Your landlord fails to install locks on your apartment doors and windows.
- Your landlord fails to install a fire alarm in your apartment.
- Your landlord fails to install a carbon monoxide detector in your apartment.
- Your landlord fails to maintain your apartment’s balconies, ceilings, etc.
- Your landlord fails to maintain your apartment complex’s staircases, elevators, sidewalks, etc.
- Your landlord fails to hire adequate security for your apartment complex.
- Your landlord fails to keep up with the state of Maryland’s building codes.
What evidence do I need for my accident claim?
When you become a plaintiff of a personal injury claim, you carry a burden of proof. In other words, you must collect an appropriate amount of evidence that reveals the truth behind the following statements:
- You were the tenant of your landlord’s apartment complex, and thus they owed you a duty of care.
- Your landlord knew, or should have reasonably known, about a potential hazard on their premises.
- Your landlord breached their duty of care, as they did not clear this potential hazard in a timely manner.
- You encountered this hazard, and thus incurred serious injuries and damages.
And examples of evidence that will work to reveal these truths include the following:
- A copy of the accident report conducted by a law enforcement officer at your apartment.
- Photos and videos of your personal injuries, your apartment damages, and the overall scene of your accident.
- Oral or written witness testimonies that recount the events of your accident.
- Surveillance camera footage that reveals the events of your accident.
- Doctor’s notes that cite the severity of your personal injuries and damages.
- Medical bills that cite the cost of your required treatments.
With all that being said, we recommend that you consult with a skilled Howard County personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Schedule your free initial consultation with Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates today.