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Maintenance Not Fixing Leak Causes Slip and Fall…

Submitted 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.

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Dear Anonymous,

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 a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: November 15, 2011

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One thought on “Maintenance Not Fixing Leak Causes Slip and Fall…

  1. 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.

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