If you are renting an apartment space and you slip and fall, you might be wondering how your slip and fall case differs from other personal injury cases. There are some similarities, but there are also key differences in how this type of injury would be handled on a rental property. Like any other personal injury suit, there must be negligence proven if you want your slip and fall case to succeed in court. There are some unique properties relating to negligence, however, for slip and fall cases, and other important differences to keep in mind.
How Is Negligence Proven in a Slip and Fall Case?
In order to win a slip and fall injury case if you were injured in your apartment building, you have to prove that your landlord was negligent. Just because you slipped and fell on your landlord’s property does not mean that the landlord was automatically negligent. Your landlord needed to have purposely caused or failed to prevent the slippery surface or condition that resulted in your injury. This also raises an important distinction; just because your apartment building’s conditions were unsafe doesn’t mean that negligence falls on the landlord him or herself. You must be able to prove that your landlord should have reasonably known that the premises were in an unsafe condition.
What Else Should I Know About My Slip and Fall Case in an Apartment?
So, what happens if you slip and fall inside your rental apartment unit? How would your landlord know or not know of the unsafe conditions that could have led to your injury? This will depend on if you had informed your landlord of the unsafe condition before the injury. If the problem recently occurred and you didn’t have time to notify your landlord, it’s unlikely that your landlord will be liable if he or she had no opportunity to fix it. If you did inform your landlord and they failed to fix the dangerous concern in your unit, they may be responsible for your slip and fall accident.
Slip and fall cases can be difficult cases to win because juries may blame the victim for carelessness. However, if you hire a skilled slip and fall attorney, you will have a much better chance of proving that negligence caused your injury. Contact the Law Offices of Braid Pezzaglia today to start your investigation.