Property owners, including landlords, are legally responsible for ensuring their properties are reasonably safe and protected against hazards and security threats. Unfortunately, many landlords negligently maintain their premises or cut corners to save time and costs. This can significantly harm tenants, their guests, and their quality of life. If you have been injured because of a landlord’s failure to maintain your apartment premises, you need an Atlanta unsafe premises lawyer.
When you rent from an apartment complex, you pay for basic shelter and amenities. You also pay for any basic maintenance and security required to keep the building and property safe. When apartments are mismanaged and not maintained by slum lords who continue taking your rent, this can be incredibly frustrating. It becomes even more upsetting when you suffer serious physical injury or property damage because of negligent management.
Dangerous conditions in apartment complexes can result from improper maintenance and building code violations. These failures can result in broken-down appliances or unstable structures. Tenants can also be endangered by violent crimes. If landlords do not ensure necessary security measures, tenants and guests can be hurt. It is vital to enlist the help of an Atlanta apartment complex negligence attorney.
At Nichols Injury Law, we understand how scary and traumatizing it can be to face injury and criminal activity in a place where you should feel safe. Any personal injury can be painful and upsetting, but slum lord negligence and carelessness can worsen these feelings. We want to help you recover damages and get the help you need after apartment negligence impacts your life.
You may have been injured due to criminal assault, a slip and fall accident, or structural collapse. When these accidents occur, it is important that you find a team able to provide you with compassionate care and support and listen to your situation. The team at Nichols Injury Law is dedicated to our Atlanta community, and we want to help those who are wronged by landlords find justice.
We can investigate your case thoroughly and determine if your landlord acted negligently. As an experienced personal injury firm, we have the knowledge and resources necessary to improve your claim’s chances of success. A successful claim could provide you with the closure and financial recovery you need, as well as cover your losses for medical costs and lost income.
As our team investigates your claim and reviews evidence, you can rest and recover from your injuries. Our team has worked for years in personal injury, including security negligence and premises liability claims, and we can advocate for the justice you need.
Under state law, business and property owners of both public and private buildings have the responsibility to protect those who are legally on their grounds from dangers and hazards. Customers in businesses, tenants in apartment buildings, and others visiting the grounds should have reasonable expectations of safety. Property owners must take reasonable steps to prevent and avoid harm and address any known hazards.
When an individual is injured or killed while on the premises because a property owner did not address known dangers or security breaches, the property owner can be held liable. A negligent security claim or apartment complex negligence claim could be filed against them.
When landlords or property owners fail to maintain apartments safely or are negligent with security measures, tenants and guests can suffer harm. Some of the most common causes of personal injury include:
Any accident or injury that should have been preventable with proper care from a landlord may qualify you to file a personal injury claim.
Proving that a property owner or landlord is responsible for crimes can be difficult, depending on the circumstances. You must prove that the landlord knew of a security threat or knew that there were similar crimes on the premises previously yet failed to take reasonable steps to prevent or solve the issue. Personal injury claims due to violent crime require an attorney with experience in both premises liability law and negligent security law.
Negligent security on apartment premises occurs when a landlord knows or should be aware of security risks or threats and fails to adequately and efficiently address the issue. This includes scenarios such as:
It can be difficult to legally determine what is considered a reasonable amount of time or a reasonable reaction to information. An experienced ATL Metro Area unsafe premises lawyer will be able to help investigate your unique situation and determine if you have a claim. They may be able to help you prove that your landlord was negligent in security or maintenance.
Landlords can be held liable for injuries, deaths, emotional harm, and property damage that results from their negligence.
When you file a negligent security or premises liability claim against your landlord, you have the burden of proof in the case to show they failed in their legal responsibility for your safety. In order to have a successful claim, you must prove the following elements:
An attorney can help find evidence for these elements. If you can prove that your landlord’s negligence contributed to your injuries, you can obtain financial compensation.
Whether you can sue the city of Atlanta depends on the circumstances surrounding a premises liability claim. If you were injured on public property, and this injury was directly caused by improper maintenance or a failure to address hazards, the property owner is liable. On public property, the owner may be a state or city government.
In these situations, you may have a valid claim against a governmental agency. However, it’s important to be aware that the time limit to file a claim against a governmental body is six months, which is much shorter than other timeframes.
For premises liability, like other personal injury claims, the statute of limitations is two years from the date the injury occurs. The statute of limitations is the legal time limit that you have to file a claim. If you do not file within this time limit, you lose your right to recover damages and hold the at-fault party liable. It’s helpful to begin working with an attorney as soon as possible so you can give them time to investigate prior to filing the claim.
These Atlanta Metro Area apartment complexes were listed in this recently published article as considered unsafe due to criminal activity, fire hazards, other safety hazards, and generally unsafe living conditions:
At Nichols Injury Law, we want to give you the help and support you need to find closure after a premises injury. Contact our team today.