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Options After You Are Injured at a Rental Property

By DiBella Law Offices on April 8, 2022

If you suffer an injury while occupying a rental property, you may have the legal right to seek compensation from the property owner. The facts in how the injury occurred, the severity, and the cause all come into play in a claim. Property owners have the responsibility to maintain safe premises for tenants, whether at a long-term or short-term rental.

Short-Term Rentals and Injury Claims in Massachusetts and New Hampshire

Visitors flock to the states of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and often choose to stay at a short term rental, such as an Airbnb, Vrbo, or another rental. The owner or manager of the property has a “duty of care,” or the legal responsibility to keep the property reasonably safe and provide warnings to visitors of any unsafe conditions. If they fail to maintain a safe property for tenants, and that failure leads to an injury, a claim can be filed to recover compensation.

Long-Term Rentals and Injury Claims

A tenant renting a property, such as a home, apartment, condo, or other residence, has the expectation that the property owner is providing a safe environment in which to live. Under state law in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, property owners have a responsibility to ensure the property is safe for tenants. In cases in which the owner or manager fails to repair a problem that poses the risk of injury and fails to correct it in a timely manner, that entity may be held liable in a personal injury case.

Negligence and Rental Properties

All personal injury cases hinge on the legal concept of negligence – a breach of the duty of care. For a successful personal injury claim or lawsuit, evidence establishing negligence is necessary. At DiBella Law Offices, P.C., we serve as counsel in rental property negligence claims, and have represented the injured in a vast number of personal injury cases and have achieved remarkable success. We have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients over two decades in practice.

Common Types of Injuries in Rental Property Injury Cases

Every rental property is unique, and hopefully safe for tenants. Sadly, some property owners fail to repair a known hazard on the property, and an innocent person suffers a serious or even fatal injury. Some of the most common types of injuries occurring on rental properties include:

  • Trip or slip and fall accidents
  • Pool drownings
  • Assaults (security failures)
  • Head injuries from slip or trip and fall accidents
  • Stairway falls
  • Tripping on obstructions on walking surfaces
  • Burns
  • Falling debris
  • Deck collapses
  • Faulty handrails or banisters leading to falls

Your Right to Compensation

If you or someone you love was injured while you were a tenant at either a short term or long term rental, you may have the right to file a claim or lawsuit against the property owner or manager. The first step is to reach out to a lawyer you can trust to get advice about how to move forward. Premises liability cases are usually challenged by the defendant’s legal counsel. It is imperative that you are represented by an attorney who is a seasoned litigator. Act quickly, as you have limited time in which to file a claim before you lose the right to seek damages.

The Right Lawyer? An Attorney Who Cares.

After suffering a serious injury as a tenant, you may be facing hospital time, extensive medical treatments, surgeries, or ongoing medical or nursing care, at astronomical cost. The right lawyer will be both talented and personally committed to you and your case. At Di Bella Law Offices, P.C., we invite you to contact us for a free case consultation. Your future health and finances can depend on the skills and dedication of your lawyer.

Connect with Us Today.

Contact DiBella Law Offices, P.C. for a free case consultation at the office most convenient for you:

  • Methuen (main office): (978) 327-5140
  • Boston: (617) 870-0907
  • Burlington: (781) 262-3338
  • Andover: (978) 258-7600

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