When you’re injured due to a landlord’s negligence, the Philadelphia-based landlord liability lawyers at Brotherly Law can help you collect evidence, build your case and file a claim against your landlord’s insurance company to cover earnings you’ve lost thanks to time missed form work, pain and suffering, and your medical bills. And if your personal property was stolen or damaged due to your landlord’s negligence (for example, if you were robbed because he or she failed to secure your windows or provide a deadbolt for your front door), our lawyers can help you get compensation for that too.
If you broke your ankle on a loose step, slipped on a patch of ice in your parking lot, fell 20 feet over a rusty railing that collapsed when your grabbed it for support, or tripped and landed on your face because the lights in your hallway have been out for a month, we can help you prove that these accidents resulted from the negligence of your building owner and seek compensation. We’ll help you prove that your landlord neglected to maintain the property and that he or she should have foreseen the possibility of these accidents in advance. Landlords can be held liable for not repairing dangerous conditions (like a broken step) in a timely manner, doing a poor repair job, or for not bringing a dangerous condition like you’re your attention in the first place.
The owner also is responsible for removing radon, lead paint, asbestos and other environmental hazards in your building and for installing carbon monoxide detectors (as directed), and promptly addressing any concerns you have about leaking gas, water leaks, potential mold, bedbugs and other health and safety issues.
A large urban area with dozens of residential high-rise buildings, Philadelphia renters are vulnerable to severe injuries or even death because of poorly maintained windows and balconies. According to an extensive study, about 86,500 people nationwide who fell from balconies were treated in emergency rooms over the 16-year period from 1990 to 2006, with 24% of these patients being hospitalized. One disturbing fact for parents: patients 18 years old and younger were more likely to sustain head injuries, including concussions and skull fractures. Other injuries can include lacerations, broken bones, cracked ribs, ocular damage (loss of eyesight) and injuries to your spinal cord.
And though landlord liability can’t be blamed for all of these falls and injuries, the study notes that ‘Structural failure of the balcony was involved in an estimated 5,600 cases.”
Our attorneys represent both tenants living with serious injuries and the family members of people who have died because of falls from terraces or balconies that were unsafe and decks that collapse due to inferior construction or haphazard maintenance. It’s a landlord’s responsibility to make sure balconies, terraces, rooftops and other outdoor areas are properly maintained, which includes regular inspections and replacing loose screws, joints and other fixtures, as necessary.
And if you’ve been injured in a fall of this type, we urge you to collect as much evidence as possible. Take photos or have someone you trust take photos, if you’re unable to do so, of the accident scene, your injuries (including broken bones, scrapes, bruises, areas that are bleeding, etc.) and make sure to get the name and contact information of anyone who witnessed your fall. We also encourage you to get a copy of the accident report from the police (if one was filed), as well as medical records from your physician or the attending physician at the hospital or care facility where you were treated.
If you or a family member has been hurt through any of the forms of the landlord negligence described above (or through negligent maintenance practices or actions we haven’t described), the Philadelphia landlord liability lawyers at Brotherly Law will help you get a clear picture of your options and then swiftly file a case against your landlord if we both agree the evidence against him is strong. Your initial consultation will be free and we take most cases on a contingency basis (which means you only pay us if-and-when we win your case). So call us at (215) 545-8500 or contact us online to see how we can help you today.
If you have been injured due to no fault of your own, you may be able to hold the responsible party accountable for the monetary damages resulting from the accident. Fill out the form below to request a free consultation so we can evaluate your case.