Your Rights If You Are Injured on Property You Rent
Across Maryland, there are countless homes and apartments that are rentals. Unfortunately, not all of them are safe and free from hazards. If you are injured on a rental, you may wonder whether you have a right to compensation and if your landlord is responsible for your injuries.
At Schlachman, Belsky, Weiner & Davey, P.A., we represent individuals who have been injured in slip and fall accidents in Baltimore and throughout Maryland. Our dedicated legal team can help you understand your rights, including whether you are eligible to file a lawsuit against your landlord. If you or a loved one have been injured at a rental property, contact our office at (410) 685-2022 to schedule a free consultation.
Determining Liability in a Slip and Fall Accident
When someone is injured in a slip and fall accident, it falls under an area of law called premises liability. Determining who (if anyone) can be held legally responsible in a premises liability case can be complicated. It could be even more complex if the accident occurred on a rental property. Liability may depend on factors like whether the landlord knew about the condition and failed to fix it or whether they caused the hazard.
It is easier to prove liability if the accident occurred in a common area of a rental property. For instance, if you are injured in the stairwell of an apartment complex because the handrail was broken, you have a stronger case against the landlord compared to if you were injured tripping inside your apartment.
Suing Your Landlord for Damages
Regardless of the circumstances, you should still consult with an attorney anytime you are injured because of someone else’s negligence. Just because the accident occurred inside your rental home or apartment does not preclude your landlord from being held responsible. If you can prove that your landlord knew or should have known about the dangerous condition and failed to fix it, you may still have a case.
Common causes of slip and fall accidents on rental property:
- Lack of handrail or guardrail in stairways
- Broken or loose steps
- Inadequate lighting
- Obstructed walkways
- Frayed carpeting
It is crucial to keep detailed records of any repair or maintenance orders that you submit to your landlord. The more evidence you can provide, the more likely you will succeed in a premises liability case.
When You Can’t Sue Your Landlord for Slip and Fall Injuries
There are instances when you cannot sue your landlord for slip and fall injuries. If you caused the defect and did not notify your landlord or request to have it fixed, it may be difficult to prove liability. Additionally, any time that an accident occurs somewhere that the landlord did not have control over, it may be more challenging to hold them responsible.
Premises liability cases are notoriously difficult. They require an in-depth understanding of the law and should be handled by an experienced attorney. If you are injured on a rental property, you should contact an attorney as quickly as possible to determine whether you have a valid claim for damages.
Contact Our Office for a Free Consultation
If you were injured at a rental property, you might be entitled to compensation. Contact our office at (410) 685-2022 for a free, no-obligation consultation. At Schlachman, Belsky, Weiner & Davey, P.A., we have recovered over $200 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of injured parties. Call our office now to discuss your rights directly with an attorney.