Maintenance Not Fixing Leak Causes Slip and Fall...

by Anonymous
(USA)

I had put in three work orders to have a leak fixed in my apartment unit (I live in subsidized housing). Maintenance has come to fix it but every time they leave, about two days later I notice that it continues to leak.

Well yesterday after going in the kitchen to get my toddler some juice I slipped and fell because there was water on the floor from the leak, and now today I'm feeling it terribly, my back is killing me!

I just wanted to know if there's anything I can do? Thanks.

Visitor Question:
Disclaimer: Information provided in our response is NOT formal legal advice. It is generic legal information based on the very limited information provided. Under no circumstances should the information in our response, or anywhere else on this site be relied upon when deciding the proper course of a legal matter. Our response does NOT create an attorney-client relationship. Always get a formal case review from a licensed attorney in your area.

ANSWER for "Maintenance Not Fixing Leak Causes Slip and Fall...":

Anonymous (USA):

Your landlord may be liable for the injuries you sustained and the money it may take to treat those injuries. Before any liability can be assessed you must see a doctor.

A medical or osteopathic doctor will be able to order tests to determine the nature and extent of your injuries. The doctors may order an (MRI) Magnetic Resonance Imaging examination or a (CAT Scan) Computer Axial Tomography examination. Both of these tests can determine with great accuracy whether you suffered a back injury, and if so what your prognosis may be.

Hopefully you haven’t suffered any serious injuries, but it's best not to take any chances. If you have suffered documentable injuries then you will have the foundation of a personal injury claim against the landlord.

From there you can begin your case by contacting the landlord and advising her of your injuries. If your landlord doesn’t take you seriously you can consider legal action against her.

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

P.S. Please help us out by sharing this site...

Comments for Maintenance Not Fixing Leak Causes Slip and Fall...

Click here to add your own comments

Same type of slip and fall accident...
by: Anonymous

I too was in my apartment and had several leaks from my a/c. They never properly fixed it until I had a major flood where I slipped and fell and fractured my shoulder, injured my neck, lower back and wrist.

I had so many procedures and therapy and I am still in pain. I am hiring an attorney and it is now going to deposition/discovery time. I would just like to know how strong a case I have and what kind of compensation I would be entitled to.

Click here to add your own comments

Return to Apartment Injury Questions.

How Much Is Your Claim Worth?

Find out now with a FREE case review from an attorney...

How Much Are Your
Injuries Worth?

Find out with a
free attorney review:

TYPE OF ACCIDENT
AUTO ACCIDENT
PERSONAL INJURY
WORKERS COMPENSATION
MEDICAL ERROR
YES! I WANT FAIR COMPENSATION