Landlord Negligence

“It is unacceptable when a landlord fails to provide a safe living environment for their tenants. For over 20 years we have held landlords accountable by recovering money for the tenants they have negligently injured.” Partner Howard Essner

For many apartment dwellers, accidents can occur at home through no fault of their own, but through the negligence of their landlord. These are cases in which the landlord fails to properly maintain a building or creates a hazard that results in an injury. If you have been hurt due to the negligence of your landlord, you may be entitled to compensation. We have successfully been handling these types of cases for over two decades.

Landlord Negligence Verdicts and Settlements

  • $975,000.00 recovery for a man who tripped and fell
  • $500,000.00 recovery for a woman who tripped and fell resulting in severe neck and back injuries
  • $480,000.00 for a woman who slipped and fell on snow and ice

Our Experience

Landlords are required by law to provide their tenants with safe places to live. Some of the typical landlord negligence issues we have assisted clients with in the past include:

  • Faulty water heaters resulting in scalding water
  • Assault rape or murder due to negligent or absent security
  • Broken doors or intercoms
  • Broken stairs, railings and floors
  • Sharp or dangerous protrusions
  • Tripping hazards
  • Slippery conditions including icy/unshoveled sidewalks
  • Electrical failures
  • Fallen ceilings due to water leaks
  • Improperly maintained elevators
  • Inadequate lighting in stairwells and entrances
  • Hazardous household appliances
  • Ripped and torn carpeting

Your Case

To be successful in a slip and fall lawsuit, you’ll be required to show that an unsafe condition existed in your apartment, building or premises and that the dangerous condition directly led to your injuries and/or financial losses. It is not enough to simply point out that an unsafe condition existed. We must prove that the property owner was aware and did not correct the condition and that you suffered an injury because of their negligence.

It’s Important to Retain a Lawyer Quickly

To obtain money compensation for your injuries, we will have to prove that your landlord was negligent. To prove this we will need evidence. The best type of evidence is that which can be collected as soon after your accident as possible. Some of the types of information and evidence we’re referring to are as follows:

  • Time of accident
  • Location of accident
  • Cause of accident
  • Conditions at the time of the accident
  • Photographs of the area as close to the time of the accident as possible
  • Witness details and statements
  • Video capturing the accident or the scene of the accident shortly after the accident
  • Doctor or Hospital reports

We may also want to send one of our experts to the scene of the accident to reconstruct what exactly caused your injuries. Our expert’s opinion will be more powerful at the time of trial if they are given the opportunity to inspect the property shortly after your accident and before the negligent party has had the opportunity to remedy the situation.

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