Apartment Injury Lawyer in Burlington
When you rent a unit in an apartment complex, the property owner is also agreeing to maintain the property in a safe and functional manner in exchange for the rent money that you are paying. Though most renters are not familiar with premises liability law, it means the landlord must keep the building and facilities free of foreseeable hazards or risk a lawsuit. Sadly, not all apartment complex owners fulfill this responsibility, and their neglect can lead to serious injury to residents or visitors of the complex.
If you or one of your guests has been injured while at your apartment complex, we recommend you consult with the Burlington premises liability attorneys at DiBella Law Offices, P.C. Call (781) 262-3338 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.
As a tenant of a large complex, your rights to safety extend beyond your own unit to include the entire property as well, barring off-limits areas. Injuries that occur in common areas, on the outdoor grounds, or in recreational areas, may be a result of property owner negligence. Some of the common causes of apartment injuries include:
- Slip-and-falls on slippery or cracked stairs, hallways, or sidewalks
- Incidents at the on-site swimming pool
- Parking lot accidents involving pedestrians and vehicles
- Balcony railing collapse
- Inadequate lighting indoors or on the grounds of the property
- Lead paint, asbestos, or other chemical exposure
- Leaking pipes or water damage to ceilings, causing collapse
- Faulty wiring leading to an apartment fire
- Faulty gates leading to crush injuries
- Injuries as a result of lack of sufficient security, including rape, assault, or other damage
It may be surprising to hear, but landlords and property owners have a duty to protect their tenants and visitors from foreseeable crimes by using reasonable security measures. Reasonable security measures may include such things as lighting dark stairways and parking lots, and providing secure locks on apartment doors and windows. If landlords do not take these steps, they and their insurance companies may be held liable for a victim’s injuries, emotional damage, property damage, and other losses under a legal concept known as negligent security.
Massachusetts apartment complex owners have legally defined rules and responsibilities, so there is no excuse for a property to remain in disrepair or to present unsafe living conditions for a resident or guest. However, challenges do arise when a tenant or guest is injured due to the negligence of a property owner.
Proving property owner negligence can be very difficult, even in the most basic cases. Not only does this area of the law cover a wide array of situations and potential hazards, but the apartment’s insurer will have an entire team of lawyers involved in their defense. Don’t succumb to the pressure of your landlord’s legal team if they demand that you drop your complaint or that you settle for minimal financial compensation.
The team at DiBella Law Offices, P.C., has over a decade of experience defending the rights of personal injury victims. We understand that the added stress of pending litigation can slow your healing process, decrease your quality of life, and even result in additional financial issues as you miss work and pay for much-needed medical care. Our team will do everything in our power to not only relieve your stress but to secure you the compensation that you deserve in a fast and professional manner.
Call today for your free consultation at (781) 262-3338, and rest assured that our only concern is for the long-term well-being of our clients. We will not earn a cent unless we get you the settlement that you deserve.
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