An apartment building injury lawyer can help if you were injured due to a dangerous condition or if you were visiting a tenant in a building or complex.
Landlords and property managers can be held liable in a premises liability lawsuit for harm suffered to negligent maintenance of the property.
Buckfire Law also represents people injured while visiting the apartment building for business purposes or to perform their work. This includes utility workers, postal workers, landscapers, and maintenance contractors. These cases can result in substantial settlements.
Cases can be filed against the apartment owner, the management company, or any contractor hired by them to make repairs or perform work at the property. This can include repairmen, maintenance workers, and even snow removal services that perform work in a negligent manner.
Common Types of Apartment Building Negligence
Our injury lawyers handle a number of different types of lawsuits related to injuries and accidents that occur at apartment buildings and complexes. The most common ones include:
- Slip and fall on snow and ice
- Broken and defective sidewalks
- Stairway injuries
- Negligent security, or inadequate security
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Lead poisoning
- Fires and smoke inhalation
- Broken and defective steps
- Broken handrails
- Elevator injuries
What to do After an Apartment Building Injury
It is important for the injured person report the incident to the apartment complex management as soon as possible after injury and to prepare an accident report. This will document that the incident did in fact happen and will often prompt an investigation into the accident.
It is also helpful if the injured person or someone else photograph the defect or condition that caused the injury. This will provide excellent evidence in support of the case and is best if done shortly after the incident and before repairs are made to the building or premises.
And most important, seek prompt medical attention for your injury. If you do not get treatment shortly after the accident, the apartment’s insurance company may argue that you were never injured.
Should I Speak with the Insurance Adjuster without a Lawyer?
After you file an incident report, you may get a phone call from an insurance adjuster. While it is good to cooperate with an investigation, you should be wary of the adjuster’s true motives.
The adjuster may record your phone call as part of the investigation. However, your statement will often be later used against you to deny your claim.
It is smart to hire a lawyer to help you so you do not make a major mistake that will destroy your opportunity to get a settlement.
Can I Sue the Apartment Complex Landlord?
Under Michigan, the apartment building has the legal duty to make the premises safe for tenants of the building and others who are lawfully on the premises.
The failure to provide a safe building can give rise to a negligence lawsuit if a person is injured on the property.
There is also a statutory duty to keep the building and premises safe for tenants who live in the building.
Under MCLA 554.139(a), an apartment complex has a legal duty to keep the premises fit for their intended use and in reasonable repair. A violation of this statute is evidence of negligence.
In addition, the “open and obvious” defense used by landlords to dismiss injury cases cannot be used in a lawsuit against an apartment complex. The Michigan courts have made this very clear.
What is the Compensation in an Apartment Complex Lawsuit?
Under Michigan law, there are several types of recoverable damages in cases against apartment owners and managers. These are the same types of damages in all personal injury lawsuits.
You can receive compensation for your physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, disability, and loss of enjoyment of life. These are known as non-economic damages.
In addition, you can claim economic damages. This is compensation for any financial losses suffered due to your injury. They include medical bills, lost wages, and other specific monetary losses.
Contact Our Michigan Apartment Lawsuit Lawyers
Our apartment injury attorneys have won significant settlements and judgments for clients injured due to a defect or hazard at an apartment building.
To find out if you have a case, contact our office today.
We charge no legal fees unless you win a settlement. And, it costs no money to start your case.
For immediate help and to start your claim, call us now.
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