In the state of Maryland, every landlord has a duty of care in ensuring that their premises are safe enough for their tenants to regularly habitate. So when they breach this duty of care, this is when slip and fall accidents tend to occur. Follow along to find out whether your landlord is liable for your injuries and how a proficient Landover slip and fall accident lawyer at Judy Law Firm can help you take a legal route.
Is my landlord liable for my injuries?
Landlord negligence is one of the leading causes of slip and fall accidents that occur on rental properties. That said, your landlord may be liable for your slip and fall injuries if any of the following circumstances apply:
- Your landlord failed to comply with code violations for stairwells, and you were injured by a trip.
- Your landlord failed to address cracks or potholes on sidewalks and parking lots, and you were injured by a trip.
- Your landlord failed to clear snow or debris on sidewalks and parking lots, and you were injured by a trip.
- Your landlord failed to conduct proper safety checks of ceilings and balconies, and you were injured by a collapse.
- Your landlord failed to conduct proper safety checks of elevators, and you were injured by a malfunction.
- Your landlord failed to check for mold or asbestos in each rental unit, and you incurred a disease.
- Your landlord failed to install proper fire alarm systems in each rental unit, and you were injured in a fire.
- Your landlord failed to install proper security systems in each rental unit (i.e., locks and alarms), and you were burglarized.
- Your landlord failed to hire proper security for the rental property’s surroundings, and you were robbed.
Can I sue my landlord for my slip and fall accident?
If you believe that your slip and fall accident was due to no fault of your own, but rather due to the negligence of your landlord, then you may be eligible to take legal action against them. For your personal injury claim, you will have the burden of proving the following points as true:
- You are or were a tenant of a rental property, and therefore the landlord owed you a duty of care.
- Your landlord knew or should have reasonably known about the hazardous condition on their property.
- Your landlord breached their duty of care in that they failed to remedy the hazardous condition promptly.
- You encountered the hazardous condition.
- You incurred serious injuries and damages as a result.
With all that being said, we recommend that you consult with a talented Landover Maryland personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Schedule your initial consultation with us today.