What Should I Do After a Slip and Fall at My Apartment Complex?

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It is unacceptable to be posed with potential safety hazards in your own home. So if you do enter a slip and fall, you may have to take action to hold your landlord accountable. Follow along to find out what initiatives to take after your slip and fall at your apartment complex and how a proficient Harris County, Texas personal injury lawyer at White Personal Injury can guide you through every step of the way.

How might landlord negligence lead to my slip and fall?

Above all else, a landlord carries a responsibility to ensure that their apartment complex is clear of any potential safety hazards. This means that they must promptly identify a hazard and clear it or repair it before a tenant accidentally encounters it. So when they fail to uphold this responsibility, this is considered negligence. In turn, such negligent behavior may lead to a tenant’s slip and fall. Specific examples of landlord negligence are as follows:

  • A landlord may fail to fix any loose floorboards, raised carpeting, or otherwise in their units.
  • A landlord may fail to fix any loose railings, missing steps, or otherwise on their stairways.
  • A landlord may fail to fix loose barricades, install proper safety equipment, or otherwise in their swimming pools.
  • A landlord may fail to patch up cracks and potholes in their parking lot.
  • A landlord may fail to add a sufficient amount of lighting to their walkways.

What initiative should I take after a slip and fall at my apartment complex?

Whether your slip and fall occurred in your apartment unit or otherwise within the complex, you must temporarily remain put. This is because, for your immediate health and your future legal action, it is in your best interest to take the following initiatives while still at the scene:

  1. Call 911: a dispatcher will send a law enforcement officer and emergency first responders to your apartment complex.
  2. Give a statement in the police report: a law enforcement officer will document your account of the events that led up to your slip and fall; you must obtain a copy of this police report later on.
  3. Submit to immediate medical attention: an emergency first responder will administer an initial medical examination and transport you to the emergency room; you must obtain a copy of this medical report later on.
  4. Speak with present witnesses: fellow tenants may offer testimonies on how your slip and fall went down, along with clarifications that the hazard was present on the premises for days, weeks, or months before your slip and fall.
  5. Capture the scene of your slip and fall: take photos and videos of your injuries, damages, and the hazard that prompted your slip and fall to occur.

You must tackle your personal injury claim as soon as possible. So call a talented Harris County, Texas personal injury lawyer from White Personal Injury today.

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