As a renter in Massachusetts, it’s important that you know that you have certain legal rights. In addition to the right to live in a place that is in decent condition, you also have legal rights in the event that you are injured in your apartment through no negligence of your own. At the office of Tetzel Law, our Massachusetts personal injury attorney can help you if you’ve been injured in your apartment and think that someone else, such as your landlord, was to blame. Reach out to our law firm directly to schedule your first meeting and learn more. 

Common Apartment Injuries

While the potential range of apartment injuries is endless, some common types of apartment injuries include:

  • Burn injuries from fires
  • Slip and fall injuries from missing or broken handrails, damaged stairs, or snow and ice
  • Falls from balcony collapses or missing railings
  • Swimming pool injuries
  • Health complications/disease from exposure to chemicals, mold, asbestos, radon, etc.

The above list is not inclusive. If you have been injured in your apartment or on your landlord’s property, it’s important to speak with an attorney about your legal rights. 

Your Rights and What to Do As a Tenant

If you are injured in an accident at your apartment, it’s in your best interests to take certain steps immediately. Things to do include:

  • Get medical care. You’ll need a record of your medical bills if you are going to seek damages. You should also photograph your injuries. 
  • Take pictures of the hazardous condition. Make sure to thoroughly document the hazardous condition that led to your injuries. This includes taking photos and writing down any notes. If there were any witnesses to the accident, you should ask for their contact information and a brief description of what they saw. 
  • Report the accident. You should be sure to report the accident to your landlord as soon as possible. A delay in reporting could impact your right to compensation. 

As soon as you are able, you should also call an attorney. 

Liability for Apartment Injuries

Property owners have a duty to maintain their properties in a safe condition. If you have been injured, you can hold your landlord liable for your harm if you can prove that:

  • A hazardous condition existed in the property
  • The hazardous condition was the proximate cause of your injury
  • The property owner knew or should have known of the hazardous condition
  • The property owner failed to remedy the condition in a reasonable amount of time

Call a Skilled Personal Injury Lawyer with Experience in Cases Like Yours

If you have been injured, it’s important that you get the care that you need and learn what your rights are regarding financial recovery for your harm. At the office of Tetzel Law, our Massachusetts personal injury attorney can review your case free of charge and provide you with legal counsel you can trust. We work on a contingency fee basis and always offer free consultations. Reach out to us at (617) 742-1700 or send us a message online telling us more about your case.