If you think that you are totally safe and can let your guard down the moment you step into your apartment building, you may want to give it a second thought. You may be surprised to hear this, but each year, thousands of people sustain serious injuries in apartment building accidents in Philadelphia and all across Pennsylvania.
“Why are you telling me all this?” you might be wondering. We are not just trying to warn you of hidden and non-obvious hazards that may exist in your apartment building, but are also trying to inform you of your legal options to seek compensation if you actually get injured at an apartment complex.
Yes, you are paying for the communal and housing services because the law requires you to do so. But another requirement of the law is for apartment building owners and property management companies to ensure the safety of their tenants, renters, and visitors. “When that legal duty is breached and someone gets hurt, the victim is entitled to seek compensation for his or her medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, and many more,” explains our Philadelphia apartment building accident attorney at The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C.
One of the most basic and most commonly breached duties is maintaining the premises in a reasonable and safe manner to prevent unreasonably dangerous conditions on the property. If the owner of an apartment complex or property management company has been made aware of a hazardous condition on its property, it has a legal duty to either remedy this condition or ensure the safety of tenants, renters, and visitors (for example, by posting warning signs to warn of the hazard that is being remedied or will be remedied).
Apartment complex accidents and duty of care
Although the vast majority of apartment complexes in Philadelphia and all across Pennsylvania are maintained in a safe and sanitary condition, many owners of apartment buildings are negligent and careless when it comes to exercising their duty to keep the premises in a reasonably safe condition.
In case of the latter, this negligence and carelessness can cause serious injuries and even death to tenants, renters, and visitors on the property, which entitles the injured party to get compensated through the legal doctrine of premises liability in Pennsylvania.
However, our experienced apartment complex injury lawyer in Philadelphia warns that in order to be awarded compensation for your injury in an apartment building accident, you will have to demonstrate evidence that the owner of the property or management company owed you a duty of care, that duty of care was breached by negligence or carelessness, and this breach of care caused or contributed to the accident.
Thus, collecting evidence in the form of photographs, videos, and witness accounts will play a pivotal role when it comes to establishing liability and recovering damages after an apartment building accident.
Liability for injury at apartment building
However, do not get us wrong. It would be unreasonable to say that apartment building owners and property management companies can be held responsible for all types of accidents on their property. In a nutshell, you may be entitled to monetary compensation if the apartment building was not properly inspected or maintained, the liable parties failed to remedy a dangerous condition within a reasonable period of time, or you were not warned of a hazardous condition that was not obvious to you as a reasonable person.
In order to illustrate circumstances in which apartment building owners and other liable parties can be sued for your injury that occurred in or around an apartment complex, let’s review the most common types of apartment complex accidents in Philadelphia:
- Slip and fall accidents;
- Trip and fall accidents;
- Mold exposure;
- Incidents related to inadequate security, including assaults, battery, rape, and robbery;
- Elevator and escalator accidents;
- Faulty wiring and other accidents related to electrical issues, electrocution and burn injuries;
- Explosions or fires caused by gas leaks;
- Swimming pool drownings;
- Parking lot accidents; and
- Dog bites.
The vast majority of all apartment complex accidents and incidents are preventable through the exercise of care in the form of inspecting and maintaining the property regularly and keeping the property in a safe and sanitary condition at all times.
However, recovering damages after an apartment complex accident can be a complex matter (no pun intended). You might want to consult with a Philadelphia apartment building accident lawyer from The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., to discuss your case, evaluate the value of your damages, determine liable parties, and protect your rights either in a personal injury claim or a civil lawsuit. Call our offices at 215-543-7220 to get a free consultation.