Do I have a case if I slipped down my steps at my apartment complex and I got injured and busted blood vessels and I'm bruising severely? 12 Answers as of January 30, 2014

I showed the apartment manager my pictures and she did not seem to care I have busted blood vessels. She responded by telling me that if I pursue the case, it will take years before I get results. What should I do? I do not want this to happen to someone else like my neighbor who is pregnant. Please help me!

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Pius Joseph A Professional Law Corp. | Pius Joseph
What caused your fall? Is there worn stairs,dangerous condition that did exist? If that is the case then you have a case.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 1/30/2014
Law Offices of Carl L. Brown | Carl L. Brown
The answer to your question depends on whether the landlord was negligent. Your question does not contain sufficient facts to evaluate the landlord's liability.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 1/30/2014
Law Ofices of Edwin K. Niles | Edwin K. Niles
Slip and fall cases are, by their nature, difficult. First, you must be able to prove negligence on the part of the property owner/occupant. Negligence could be defined as the failure to use REASONABLE care; the owner is not a guarantor. To do this, you must be able to prove that the owner put the slippery substance there, or that they had prior knowledge of the hazard and failed to take care of it promptly. Second, they will claim "comparative fault", meaning that you had a duty to watch where you were walking, and thus are partly at fault. The result is that most lawyers are reluctant to take a slip and fall case unless there are substantial damages, and there are at least some arguments to be made on fault.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 1/27/2014
James E. Hasser, Jr. P.C.
James E. Hasser, Jr. P.C. | Jim Hasser
Just because you are hurt on someone's property doesn't necessarily make them liable. You have to show they did something wrong. However, if the complex has a medical payments provision in its premises liability policy, it may pay for your medical bills only regardless of fault. Check with the manager on that. Good luck.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 1/27/2014
Law Offices of Ronald A. Steinberg & Associates | Ronald A. Steinberg, BA, MA, JD
Just because you fell down does not mean that you have a case. You have the burden of proving that you fell due to a defect over which the landlord had control and could have prevented, and that you could not see or avoid.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 1/27/2014
    Gates' Law, PLLC | Thomas E. Gates
    You did not say how or why you slipped. If management was unaware of the "hazard" they will not be deemed negligent and owed no duty to you.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 1/27/2014
    Paul Whitfield and Associates P.A.
    Paul Whitfield and Associates P.A. | Paul L. Whitfield
    You don't get anything for falling. Quit feeling sorry for yourself. If you fall BECAUSE OF THE NEGLIGENCE OF SOMEONE, you can then make a claim if you have a genuine injury. In that case see a personal injury lawyer, but not for hurt feelings and a small matter.
    Answer Applies to: North Carolina
    Replied: 1/27/2014
    Law Offices of George H. Shers | George H. Shers
    You do not give any information as to how you slipped. Was there a defect in the stairs, water lying where it should not be, newly waxed so slippery, etc.? You have no case unless the owner of the complex was negligent. If they were, then you have minor damages [blood leaking from a vessel causing swelling and discoloration plus pain]. The injury was fairly minor as injuries go, so at most you might get $1,000. The case has too little value for a lawyer to handle so the best thing wold be to file in Small Claims Court where you would get a hearing date with 6-8 weeks. The landlord can appeal an adverse decision and the case gets retried by a Superior Court judge. SCC commissioners normally do not aware much in pain and suffering damages. You have to consider what effect a sit will have on your relationship with the landlord. You should read one of the books written for lay people who want to file in SCC.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/27/2014
    Andrew T. Velonis, P.C.
    Andrew T. Velonis, P.C. | Andrew Velonis
    You don't state how it was that you slipped. Was this an indoor stairway, or outdoors? Was there something spilled, or was it a natural condition? Were the stairs defective in any way? I could go on, but much more info is needed. And yes, if you pursue the case it will take years.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 1/27/2014
    Law Office of Lisa Hurtado McDonnell | Lisa Hurtado McDonnell
    Submit your medical bills to your landlord, her insurance company should pay the bill. That's what her insurance is for.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 1/27/2014
    CROSSLEY LAW OFFICES
    CROSSLEY LAW OFFICES | David Crossley
    You have an interesting question and the answer unfortunately is "it depends". You will need to supply more details before, I, or any other attorney, will be able to adequately answer your question. For example, were the stairs indoors or outdoors? Was there a large buildup of snow, ice or water on the steps if they were located outdoors? If indoors, were the stairs carpeted with carpets in deteriorating or damaged condition. Or, did you simply slip on normal indoor stairs because you were being careless (I'm assuming that this isn't the case as I highly doubt you would have posted your question here if it were). In order to properly evaluate your case and your question you will have to contact an experienced personal injury attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 1/27/2014
    Peters Law, PLLC
    Peters Law, PLLC | Mark T. Peters, Sr.
    Why did you slip because of a problem with the steps? Or was it just because you slipped. If the former then you might have a case. If the latter, you'll probably not recover anything. Still doesn't hurt to send the manager a letter asking to be compensated to see if the insurance company will pay you something.
    Answer Applies to: Idaho
    Replied: 1/24/2014
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