BUILDING ACCIDENTS: RESPONSIBILITY OF OWNERS FOR SLIP & FALL ACCIDENTS
By: Maxine S. Silverman, Esq.
An owner of an apartment building can be held liable for accidents that occur due to temporary dangerous conditions on their property. Slip and fall accidents caused by garbage or debris left on interior floors or steps create liability where the owner knew, or should have known, about the debris.
Even in instances where a landlord denies knowing that there was debris on the floor, or denies having received complaints they can still be held responsible. The owner of a property has a duty to use reasonable care to keep their property safe and clean from debris. That duty extends not just to tenants but to their visitors as well. Where there is proof that garbage or debris was on the ground long enough to have been found and cleaned; or where there is proof that actual complaints were made about the condition, liability may attach.
Additionally, in situations where a particular area repeatedly becomes littered a landlord may be deemed to have notice of the garbage or debris and has a duty to clean it up or will be responsible for the consequences of not cleaning.
If you see an unsafe condition in your building, take note and report it to the super or other representative of the owner. By doing so you are helping to protect yourself and others around you.
Email us to have our attorneys take charge of your case and pursue the maximum money damages that you deserve for the harm you suffered. We will not charge you any fees unless we help you get compensated for your injuries. Call 800-993-6134.