August 5, 2014
Who is Responsible for Injuries After a Fall on Rental Property?
When you experience a fall on a rental property, you could be badly hurt as a result. When this occurs, you need to determine who is to blame for your injuries. The person or company responsible for the harm you have experienced may be required to compensate you for losses and damages.
Injury Trial Lawyers can help you to determine who is responsible for compensating you after a fall on rental property. Our San Diego slip and fall accident lawyers have extensive experience with fall accident claims. We offer a free case evaluation to help you determine how to take legal action after a fall on rental property and we can represent your interests and advocate for you as you make a claim for compensation. Call or contact us online to speak with one of our qualified personal injury attorneys to learn more about how we can help you.
Responsibility for a Fall on Rental Property
Determining who is responsible for a fall on rental property requires a careful evaluation of where and how the fall occurred. In some cases, the person who is renting will be held legally liable. In other situations, it is the landlord or building owner who is to blame.
Property owners and landlords are responsible for maintaining the outside of their property as well as any common areas. If there is a problem inside of a rental unit with the fixtures of that unit, such as a broken stair rail, then the landlord can also be responsible for correcting the problem provided the tenant reports the issue.
Tenants, on the other hand, are responsible for making sure that the inside of their rental unit is reasonably safe for visitors who come to their home. A tenant, for example, should report problems or defects inside the rental unit that could be hazardous so a landlord will have the opportunity to correct them. Tenants also need to either warn guests or correct dangerous conditions and should exercise reasonable care in making sure their space is safe.
Because both tenants and property owners or landlords have obligations to protect visitors to a rental property, you need to carefully consider the cause of your fall. Was there debris on the stairwell inside of a rental home or an apartment, like a spill that the tenant didn’t wipe up or a child’s toy left on the staircase? If so, the tenant may be to blame. On the other hand, if the fall was caused by a broken railing the tenant reported or by problems with an outside staircase, the landlord may be liable for losses caused by a fall.
Injury Trial Lawyers, APC will assist you in determining all parties who could potentially be held responsible for a fall on rental property. We can represent you as you negotiate a settlement with those responsible or as you pursue a claim for compensation in court. You should be entitled to monetary damages for pain and suffering, loss of income, medical treatment costs and emotional distress. Our San Diego slip and fall accident lawyers will do everything we can to maximize your compensation after your fall. Call today to speak with a member of our legal team to learn more about how we can help you.
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