Glendale Apartment Accident Attorneys
Signing a lease is not just a formality: it is a legal document that awards residents are certain amount of protections. Among these is the requirement that the property owner ensure that the property is safe to live in. Property owners should inspect all resident spaces, including lobbies, common areas, stairwells, and garages, and fix any dangerous conditions before a resident or guest becomes injured. When they fail to do so, it can make them liable for any injuries a victim suffers.
If you were injured in an apartment, you may be able to file a premises liability claim to recover compensation. Filing a claim means dealing with the property owner’s insurance company, which will likely devalue or dismiss your injuries. But the team at Aghabegian & Associates, PC, take these accidents very seriously and can provide the strong legal representation you need right now. Our Glendale apartment accident attorneys can investigate your case, collect evidence of negligence, and advocate for full compensation on your behalf. Call us at (818) 507-4311 for a free case evaluation.
Los Angeles County is home to a wide variety of housing options, ranging from high-rise buildings to apartment complexes to rooms for rent. Every property put on the market must abide by certain zoning requirements, as well as habitability requirements. It must be maintained and free of foreseeable safety hazards. Despite these rules and the high prices of rent in Los Angeles, property owners often cut corners and put residents at risk.
Whether due to a lack of safety inspections or plain incompetence, a property owner can cause:
- Falls due to poorly maintained walkways, wet floors, and unlit stairways.
- Fire-related injuries due to broken alarms, a lack of fire extinguishers, and a lack of emergency exits.
- Assaults, burglaries, and criminal acts as a result of negligent security measures.
- Dog bites by allowing dangerous animals onto the premises.
- Swimming pool injuries due to broken handrails, a lack of depth signs, and broken drains leading to entrapments.
Property owners have a “duty of care” to all their residents, and their residents’ guests, who are legal visitors to the property. If a property owner does something negligent, like leave a wobbly handrail in place after being warned about it, then it is considered “breaking” the duty of care, and the owner can be found liable for a tenant’s injuries caused by that handrail. However, there are certain requirements before a tenant can file a claim for compensation.
First, you must demonstrate that the property owner legally had a duty of care to you. A duty of care will generally apply to tenants upon signing a lease, as well as any guests or visitors who are legally on the property, such as a tenant’s family, maintenance workers, package handlers, and potential tenants. Trespassers, on the other hand, may not be able to file a claim.
Second, you must show that your injuries were the result of the property owner’s negligence and were within his or her “degree of control.” For example, let us say you were visiting a tenant. If the tenant caused your injuries by having a hazard in his apartment, then the property owner would not be liable. Instead, you may be covered under the tenant’s renter’s insurance policy. Remember: for common areas, property owners don’t always have to be aware of a safety hazard to be found liable for an injury caused by that hazard -- but they reasonably should have been aware of it. Building managers and their employees should inspect the property regularly for any hazards, fix them as soon as possible, and warn guests of the dangers. A warning can be as simple as putting out a wet floor sign in front of a freshly mopped hallway.
Lastly, you must show that you suffered damages as a result of the property owner’s actions or inaction. Damages can include both financial losses, like medical bills and lost wages, as well as personal costs, like pain and suffering or emotional anguish.
If you can demonstrate these elements, then you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries after an apartment accident.
Tenants in California are awarded certain rights and responsibilities when they sign a lease. The Los Angeles County Public Health Department has outlined several renter’s rights according to California law that may come into play during your claim.
According to the law, tenants have a right to:
- Habitability: Property owners have a duty to make sure that an apartment unit is “habitable,” meaning the rental unit is fit for occupation by human beings and substantially complies with state and local building and health codes that materially affect tenants’ health and safety. This would include things like a proper sewage hookup and a lack of mice or rats. Property owners should inspect all units and make sure they are safe to live in before a tenant moves in.
- Timely Repairs: Any issues that could make an apartment unlivable should be reported to the landlord and repaired in a timely manner. This applies whether the condition was caused by property owner neglect, a prior tenant, or a natural disaster.
- Sanitary Conditions: A property should be free of unsanitary conditions, such as toxic chemicals, mold, asbestos, lead paint, and other conditions that could put a tenant’s health at risk. This also applies to swimming pools, which should be regularly inspected and cleaned.
- Safety Measures: All apartment complexes should be equipped with basic safety features in the event of a fire, including smoke detectors, emergency exits, and fire extinguishers. Each unit should also be equipped with locks on the windows and doors to prevent break-ins.
If a property owner violated your rights and caused you injury, then they may be found liable in a legal claim and be responsible for paying you compensation.
At Aghabegian & Associates, PC, you not only get the knowledge of a Glendale premises liability attorney, but also, the dedication and compassion of a full personal injury team. We work closely with every client to understand their situation and how their injuries have affected their lives. We believe every tenant in Los Angeles County deserves proper representation after an apartment accident, which is why there is no cost to sitting down with us. We can explain how to file a premises liability claim and get all of your medical bills covered by your landlord’s liability policy.
If you choose to work with us, we will not charge you a single fee unless we win your claim. We will use our more than 40 years of combined experience to investigate your accident, speak to experts about your injuries, and negotiate for fair compensation. In nine out of 10 cases, we can secure proper compensation without taking your case to trial, but we are not afraid to stand before a jury and fight for your best interests. To learn about your rights after an apartment accident, call Aghabegian & Associates, PC, at (818) 507-4311.
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