Can a Landlord Ever Be Held Liable for a Tenant’s Injuries?
If you are renting a home, you want to know that you have protections when it comes to that home. You want to ensure that you and your family are renting from a house that is safe and viable to live in. But what happens when you are injured on your property and you aren’t sure where you can turn? Unfortunately, every year, people are injured in their own homes and wonder how they will pay the medical bills and many other costs when the injuries have caused difficulty. When your landlord has acted with negligence and you have been injured as a result, you may have a claim – and we want to help.
To show that your landlord has acted negligently and it led to your injuries, you must be able to show that there was a condition your landlord did not fix, that fixing the problem would not have been a major expense, and that failure to repair the dangerous condition led to your serious injury. For instance, what if there was a shaky railing on a staircase and you reminded your landlord about it time and time again? However, they failed to repair it and then you tumbled down the stairs when the railing let loose. This is something that the landlord would be negligent for.
Safety of the Property
A landlord is supposed to look out for the safety of an entire property, which includes things like the following:
- Common areas like hallways, stairways, and more
- Latent defects like dangerous conditions that the landlord knew about before you obtained the house
- Negligent repairs when the landlord fails to repair something that has needed to be repaired for some time
- Dangerous conditions that appear on properties that are available for public use
Bringing a Claim Against a Negligent Landlord
There are many people who fall victim to the negligent actions or inactions of a landlord every year, especially when dangerous conditions go unnoticed or do not get fixed in a certain amount of time. When you have been injured as the result of a landlord’s actions, you may be able to compensate for things like medical bills, lost earnings, emotional suffering, disability, property damages, and more. Landlords are supposed to properly maintain the premises they are responsible for no matter what.
However, not every landlord will take care of the property when they rent it to you and may even attempt to turn the case around in their favor. For instance, they could claim that you damaged the condition in the house and never warned them about fixing it. This would ensure that liability falls on you even if you didn’t contribute to your own case. Luckily, we understand the many tactics that are used in these cases and want to help you every step of the way if you have been seriously injured.
At Edelstein Martin & Nelson, we understand the ins and outs of these complex laws and can help you every step of the way as you work toward the compensation you deserve after an accident on your property. Let us help you build your case and follow through. Give us a call today at (302) 295-5050.