Most Common Causes of Apartment Accidents
Unfortunately, there are a number of ways for apartment accidents to occur. If your landlord does not maintain the premises, serious injuries can occur. Some of the most common accidents are due to:
- Inadequate lighting: When a landlord fails to keep his or her premises well-lit, tenants may trip and fall over the cracked pavement, potholes, or other safety hazards that they may have otherwise avoided.
- Poor weather conditions: If you slipped and fell due to a landlord who neglected his or her duties to remove snow, ice, and other safety hazards within the legally acceptable timeframe, there is a good chance you will be entitled to financial compensation.
- Damaged flooring: Protruding nails, loose floorboards, and torn carpeting are all common causes of apartment accidents.
- Apartment pools: When negligent pool owners fail to install all necessary barriers, fences, and take other necessary safety measures, people are very often injured as a result. Landlords should always have “wet floor” and other hazard warning signs on hand.
- Broken smoke or carbon monoxide detectors: Landlords should always ensure their tenants have working alert systems because when they do not, people can be seriously injured.
- Staircases in disrepair: If a handrail is not properly installed or secured, it may break loose from its fittings. Those who have been injured as a result will generally have a valid personal injury claim.
How Long do I Have to File a Claim?
If you have been injured in an apartment accident, you are likely looking to take legal action. It is important that you begin this process right away. This is because waiting too long can mean losing your chance to recover the compensation you deserve. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is two years from the date of the accident. Failing to file your claim within two years will likely result in losing the opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve. An accident can take a serious toll, physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially. In order to recover the compensation you need to recover from these burdens, contact an experienced personal injury attorney.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an apartment accident, contact our firm today to speak with a dedicated attorney.
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