Fell through a step at my rental trailer and broke my foot...

by Ashley
(Jesup, GA)

In December 2014 I was at my home, which I rent, in Jesup, GA. On this afternoon I was walking down my back doorsteps and fell through a step, falling face first on the dirt. I was 7 months pregnant at the time. The fall broke my foot. They haven't done any sonograms or anything on my unborn child, so I don't know if anything is wrong.

I have medicaid and I cannot work now. I am pregnant with a broken foot and cannot walk. My insurance only pays so much, but the landlord hasn't asked me how I am or anything. I have still been paying rent every month, which I don't think I should have to since I was injured on the property. Is this correct?

My hospital bills have been turned into a collection agency because I am unable to pay and my medicaid doesn't cover it. I have been using a wheelchair because it is very hard to get around with crutches. It's hard for me to even leave my home.

The landlord knows it is his responsibility because the day it happened, before I got home from the ER, he had already came and took my steps off the trailer to fix the one that had broke. He hasn't asked how I am, hasn't offered me a penny or help in anyway, or even put a ramp up so I can get in and out.

I am very upset. Not only do I have to deal with pain and suffering everyday with no income, I cannot drive or work or walk. My due date is near, which means when I give birth I still won't be able to walk, so I will have to take care of a newborn baby with a broken foot in a wheelchair. I don't know how I can do it.

I believe this man (my landlord) should be responsible enough to help me with my situation. What can I do? Is he legally responsible for helping me financially or some other way? How do I get him to pay my medical bills and other costs? Thank you for any information you can provide.

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ANSWER for "Fell through a step at my rental trailer and broke my foot...":

Ashley (Jesup, GA):

You should seek immediate medical attention, especially as you are pregnant.

From the facts you present, your landlord should be entirely liable for your injuries and resultant medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses (such as medications, costs of travel to and from medical treatment, etc.), lost wages, and for your pain and suffering. Moreover, if the house is owned by a person or company other than your landlord, they may be liable as well.

There are basically two types of injuries: soft tissue and hard injuries. Soft tissue injuries normally include sprains of tendons, ligaments, or muscles, minor cuts and abrasions, whiplash, and the like. Hard injuries normally include fractures, head trauma, deep cuts and gashes often requiring many stitches, and the like. As you can see, your injury is not soft tissue.

Many soft tissue injury claims do not require legal representation. But hard injury claims should be handled by an attorney. Most personal injury attorneys don't charge for initial office consultations. Do some research and find some personal injury attorneys in your area.

Gather your medical records and medical bills, receipts, etc. and visit with several attorneys. You wont have to pay any legal fees unless, and until your attorney settles your injury claim or wins it at court.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from an attorney licensed in your state. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here, or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Judge Calisi

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