When living in an apartment, you trust that your landlord will keep the property safe. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. If a property is not properly maintained at all times, serious accidents can occur. Read on to learn more about apartment accidents in Pennsylvania.
How Do Accidents Occur?
Some of the most frequent causes of apartment accidents can be traced back to landlord negligence. For example, failure to install smoke/carbon monoxide detectors, or failing to keep them up to date can have serious repercussions. Additionally, damaged flooring, inadequate security or lighting, or even poor air quality can cause serious harm to tenants.
Fulfilling the Burden of Proof
If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. But, in order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to provide proof that this negligence occurred. In order to do so, there are some important steps you should take. One of the most important things you can do is take photos and videos at the scene of the accident. Be sure to document the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur. Additionally, if anyone saw your accident occur, you should ask for their contact information, as they may be able to corroborate your version of events. You should go to the hospital immediately after your accident occurs. This will ensure that your injuries are treated by a medical professional while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Before leaving, ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents and bills.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
If you wish to pursue legal action, you will have to do so within a certain amount of time. There is a deadline, known as a statute of limitations. In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is two years. This means that if you fail to file within two years from the date of the accident, you will most likely lose your opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of a landlord, you will need an experienced personal injury attorney on your side.
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