Many people in the state of Maryland choose to rent instead of buying property. In doing so, they usually work with a landlord whose job it is to take care of the property they are renting. This means it must be kept up to acceptable living standards. If a landlord fails to take care of the building they run, it can result in serious accidents that cause life-changing injuries to the people who live there. If you are involved in an apartment accident and are seeking financial compensation, contact an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney today for assistance with your case.
Causes of Apartment Accidents
There are many different ways an apartment accident can happen due to the negligence of a landlord. If the individual fails to take care of the property, hazards can arise that threaten the safety of others. This can include the following:
- Inadequate lighting
- Damaged or uneven flooring
- Unstable balconies
- Broken stairs or handrails
- Mold or asbestos
- Defective smoke/carbon monoxide detectors
- Unsafe pools
- Failure to treat after or during poor weather conditions
Pursuing Legal Action Against a Landlord
Victims of an apartment accident who want to hold their landlord liable for negligence must file a personal injury claim. During this time, it is their job to prove negligence by gathering evidence that shows they were injured as a direct result of the landlord’s failure to provide them with a safe premises. This can be done by showing that the landlord knew, or should have reasonably known, about the hazard on the property, and failed to address it. Evidence that can be useful in court can include pictures or video of the hazard, witness statements, medical documents regarding the injuries, a police report of the incident, and more.
How Long do I Have to Sue a Landlord?
It is important to know that, after an apartment accident, injured parties only have a certain amount of time to pursue legal action against their landlord. This is because there is a statute of limitations in place that provides a deadline by which they are able to file a claim. If they fail to meet the deadline, they can lose their right to a lawsuit and potential financial compensation. In the state of Maryland, the statute of limitations is three years from the date of the injury. It is important as well to carry renter’s insurance on the property and is often required in your lease.
Contact our Firm
The Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz has decades of experience representing clients in Howard County and Anne Arundel County, Maryland who have been charged with a crime or have been injured by the negligence of another party. Contact the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz today to discuss your case.