If you have been injured due to an apartment complex owner’s negligence, you may be able to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Apartment managers are responsible for creating safe environments for their tenants. This includes maintaining the property to specific standards and fixing issues as they arise. When a landlord fails to create a safe environment for tenants, grounds for lawsuits may occur.
At The Foster Firm, we have extensive experience helping tenants like you receive compensation for their injuries resulting from apartment complex negligence. Contact our apartment complex injury lawyer in College Park today to request a complimentary consultation.
Common Apartment Complex Injuries
Apartment complex managers, owners, and landlords must take adequate safety measures to create secure environments for residents and visitors. This means that they must fix any dangerous conditions inside and outside their apartment buildings within a reasonable time.
For example, landlords need to fix issues such as lack of heat in the winter, lack of hot water, mold growth, and fire hazards as quickly as they can. They also need to clear hazards from public areas of the complex, such as walkways and gathering spaces.
Apartment owner negligence can result in a wide range of injuries and other damages. However, a few of the most common apartment complex injuries include:
- Slip and fall accidents in public spaces
- Illnesses due to unsafe temperatures within apartment buildings
- Pool drownings or other injuries
- Negligent security injuries or lack of security guards
Grounds for a Personal Injury Claim
Landlords and property owners have a duty of care to their residents and visitors. According to the Official Code of Georgia §51-3-1, property owners are liable for any injuries on their properties due to their failure to “exercise ordinary care” in maintaining safe premises.
However, the term “ordinary care” is vague. Apartment complex owners may claim that they did not have a duty of care in a specific scenario, making them exempt from responsibility for their injuries.
To make any personal injury claim against another person or organization, your scenario must meet these qualifiers:
- The property owner had a duty of care to create a safe environment for visitors.
- The property owner breached that duty of care.
- You suffered an injury or illness on the property.
- Your injury or illness directly resulted from the property owner’s breach of care.
As a result, to receive compensation for your injury, you will need to provide evidence that your injury resulted from the property owner’s negligence. Our team has the experience and skills necessary to gather substantial evidence to support your claim.
Types of Compensation Available to Apartment Complex Injury Victims
If you have experienced a severe injury due to apartment negligence, you may be able to receive compensation from the apartment complex manager. This compensation could help cover your:
- Medical bills
- Future medical expenses (such as surgery, physical therapy, medications)
- Lost wages
- Loss of ability to work
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment
- Emotional distress
You may be able to receive this compensation from the apartment manager’s insurance company. Businesses typically have liability insurance in place to cover personal injury claims.
However, if your apartment manager does not have enough insurance coverage to pay all of your damages, or if they do not have insurance at all, you may decide to seek compensation through a lawsuit.
Having a qualified lawyer on your side can help you navigate the claims and legal process to secure adequate compensation for your injury.
What To Do When You Experience an Apartment Complex Injury
If you have experienced an injury due to an apartment owner’s negligence, taking the proper steps can improve your outcomes. Here are the steps we recommend following an apartment complex injury:
- Seek medical attention: First, we highly recommend receiving a medical examination. Seeking medical attention soon after the accident can ensure that you receive the proper treatment and gain documentation of your expenses to support your claim.
- Take photos: Depending on the circumstances surrounding your injury, it may be helpful to take pictures of the scene that you can use to support your claim.
- Consult an attorney: Finally, speaking with an attorney can help you determine the best steps moving forward.
Our qualified attorneys at The Foster Firm have helped numerous clients like you receive adequate compensation for their apartment complex injuries. Contact us today at 404-559-8325 to schedule your free consultation.