What Steps Should I Take After an Apartment Incident?

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You may be under the assumption that you are safe in the comfort of your own apartment. But unfortunately, incidents on rental properties occur more often than you may realize. Follow along to find out what steps you should take after your apartment incident and how a proficient Harris County, Texas personal injury lawyer at White Personal Injury can guide you throughout.

What are the common causes of apartment injuries?

Usually, an apartment incident occurs when a landlord does not keep up with the maintenance of their premises. Examples include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • A landlord does not install fire alarms in their rental units.
  • A landlord does not install carbon monoxide detectors in their rental units.
  • A landlord does not install adequate security systems in their rental units.
  • A landlord does not install adequate lighting in its stairwells, hallways, etc.
  • A landlord does not use adequate boundaries or safety measures in their swimming pools.
  • A landlord does not regularly check the condition of ceilings and balconies.
  • A landlord does not regularly check for mold or asbestos.
  • A landlord does not clear ice, snow, or debris from their parking lots, stairs, sidewalks, etc.

What approach should I take after my apartment incident?

If there was an incident in your apartment that caused you to incur serious injuries and damages, then you must consider taking legal action against your negligent landlord. Namely, a personal injury claim may just be the best option for you to recover physically, emotionally, and financially.

And so, if you were made a victim of an apartment incident, you should take the following approach:

  1. Call the police: a law enforcement officer will arrive at your apartment and dispatch medical backup.
  2. Seek medical attention: attend the EMTs and paramedics that arrive at your apartment, along with submitting to the emergency room visit later on.
  3. Capture the event: take photos and videos of your personal injuries and apartment damages.
  4. Speak with witnesses: ask witnesses if they have any photos and videos of the events of your incident, along with requesting their oral or written testimony.
  5. Call your landlord: inform your landlord of the events of that led to your incident, along with disclosing your personal injuries and apartment damages.
  6. Locate a surveillance camera: ask your landlord if you can retain a copy of the surveillance camera footage that captured the events of your incident.
  7. Retain the services of a talented Harris County, Texas personal injury lawyer: our team can help you obtain any missing pieces of evidence, along with guiding you through your upcoming legal proceedings.

With all that being said, we recommend that you schedule your free initial consultation with us today. We look forward to speaking with you.

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