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Injured While Renting a Room in a Home (Without a Lease)…

Submitted By: Anonymous (Oklahoma, USA)

I rented a room from the owner of a home in Oklahoma and have been injured a couple of times due to his negligence. The first time his huge dog knocked me into a set of his golf clubs making me see stars, but I did not seek medical treatment.

The next time he had an un-backed rug on a laminate floor. I landed my foot on it wrong and was injured with over $100 worth of medical bills, not to mention the pain.

He also informed me today that he let himself into my private bathroom with no notice, supposedly to fix a plug for me. There are also 2 broken plugs in the bedroom that I have been told are fire hazards that I’ve mentioned to him, but not in writing.

I finally got him to show me the bills today and it nearly started a war. I am staying with a friend currently until I can get my stuff because I am afraid to stay there. I also fell in the garage on Sunday and am getting an appointment to see a doctor because I can barely walk. There is no lease.

Is there anything I can do? Thank you for your help.

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Dear Anonymous,

The first thing you should do is complete your move out of the room. After the second or third time you experienced a problem with the landlord you should have probably left then.

Let’s take the issues separately…

The first time the dog knocked you down you didn’t suffer any injuries except a momentary seeing of “stars”. Because this occurrence didn’t result in any medical attention or resulting bills there is nothing much you can do about this event.

The facts you present don’t indicate whether the “un-backed” rug was in your residence or somewhere else.

We will presume the rug was in your home.

If you knew the rug was unbacked and as a result was dangerous you had a legal duty to “mitigate” the problem. That means you should have either informed the landlord about the problem and either pulled up the rug or avoided stepping on it.

If in the alternative you had no knowledge of the danger and the rug moved causing you to fall and become injured, you may have a claim against the landlord for at least the amount of your medical bills.

The bathroom problem really has nothing to do with personal injuries. The facts you present only say the plugs presented a fire hazard. Knowing that you made the correct decision by moving out.

Finally, the bills which nearly started a “war” have little, if anything to do with a personal injury claim and is therefore not relevant.

The fall in the garage may be actionable against the landlord if your have suffered some form of injuries. Once you know for sure you can decide whether to proceed or not.

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

Best of luck,

Published: January 10, 2012

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