When you move into an apartment, you expect that your landlord will keep the premises safe for you and all other residents. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. If a property is not maintained at all times, serious accidents can occur. Read on to learn more about apartment accidents in Texas and what to do if an injury occurs.
How do Apartment Accidents Occur?
The majority of apartment accidents are due to:
- Inadequate lighting: When a landlord fails to keep his or her premises well-lit, tenants may trip and fall over the cracked pavement, potholes, or other safety hazards that they may have otherwise avoided.
- Poor weather conditions: If you slipped and fell due to a landlord who neglected his or her duties to remove snow, ice, and other safety hazards within the legally acceptable timeframe, there is a good chance you will be entitled to financial compensation.
- Damaged flooring: Protruding nails, loose floorboards, and torn carpeting are all common causes of apartment accidents.
- Apartment pools: When negligent pool owners fail to install all necessary barriers, fences, and take other necessary safety measures, people are very often injured as a result. Landlords should always have “wet floor” and other hazard warning signs on hand.
- Broken smoke or carbon monoxide detectors: Landlords should always ensure their tenants have working alert systems because when they do not, people can be seriously injured.
- Staircases in disrepair: If a handrail is not properly installed or secured, it may break loose from its fittings. Those who have been injured as a result will generally have a valid personal injury claim.
How Long do I Have to File a Claim?
If you are injured in an apartment accident, you may wish to pursue legal action. But, you must take action as soon as possible. This is because of the statute of limitations. In Texas, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is 2 years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within two years will generally mean losing your opportunity to recover compensation. To avoid missing any important deadlines, contact our experienced firm today.
If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you will need the help of a dedicated personal injury attorney.
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We understand how challenging various legal matters can be, which is why we have dedicated ourselves to helping clients in Texas through a wide array of legal matters, including personal injury law and criminal defense. If you have sustained a serious injury or are facing criminal charges, contact the Gonzalez Law Group today to learn more about how we can help you through every step of the legal process ahead.