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Premises Liability and Rental Properties: Was Your Landlord Negligent?

Landlords owe a duty of care to their tenants and they can be held responsible if their negligence causes an injury to you or to visitors of the property. You may be able to seek compensation for your injuries in a premises liability case in Hollywood if you sustain fractures, brain injuries, back injuries, burns or any other injury.

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If you have been renting a home and have been injured on the rental property, you’ll want to get medical attention if the injury was serious. You will also want to contact a Hollywood premises liability attorney quickly to get legal advice and representation.

In some cases, you may have a claim against the landlord or property owner if you have been injured. This is especially the case if your injury could have been prevented and was caused by negligence on the part of the property owner. If you have been injured on your rental property or in your apartment, there are several things you’ll want to consider:

  • Did the injury occur in a part of the property the landlord was responsible for maintaining? Common areas, such as hallways, lobbies, stairs outside your unit and other common areas are the responsibility of the landlord or property manager. They should be maintained without input from you. If you are injured in these spaces, you will want to contact a Hollywood premises liability lawyer to discuss your legal options.
  • Was there negligence involved in the injury? In order to file a premises liability claim in South Florida, you need to show that negligence caused your injury. This means you need to be able to prove the landlord or property owner failed to act reasonably to provide safe conditions and prevent an injury.
  • Did you or others report dangerous conditions? If so, did the landlord fail to take timely action? Was the solution to the problem reasonable? If an injury occurred inside your unit, especially, you may still have a claim if you reported a dangerous condition, such as a maintenance issue, which was then not addressed in a timely fashion. For example, if there was a loose floorboard in your apartment and you asked your landlord to fix it because your lease doesn’t permit you to make those types of changes to your apartment and the landlord failed to act, you may have a claim if you were injured as a result of that loose floorboard.
  • Were you significantly injured? In order to have a claim, your injury must cause financial damages of some kind, such as medical costs, time off work, and other expenses as well as pain and suffering.
  • Were children involved? Landlords and property owners owe a higher duty of care to children. Even if children trespass, property owners can sometimes be held liable for injuries against them. If injuries to children occurred, contact a Hollywood personal injury attorney to review your options.

If you’d like to speak to an attorney now, contact Flaxman Law Group for a free consultation. Our attorneys have more than 60 years of combined experience and we have built our firm on supporting injured plaintiffs.