What can I do about my spine injury that happened at an apartment complex? 42 Answers as of June 26, 2013

I fell three stories and broke my spine. It was at an apartment complex. What can I do about this?

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Lapin Law Offices
Lapin Law Offices | Jeffrey Lapin
It is hard to answer your question with the limited information provided. You do not indicate what caused you to fall and whether you were working. Without knowing the cause of your fall I cannot comment on what rights you might have. You may have a claim against the owner of the apartment complex if the owner was negligent and this negligence caused your fall. If you were working at the time, you could have a workers' compensation claim. You could also possibly have both a workers' compensation claim and a claim against the apartment owner assuming they are not the company or person. I would suggest talking to an attorney to discuss your rights and options. He or she could obtain the information necessary to determine if you do have a case, and if so, against who.
Answer Applies to: Nebraska
Replied: 9/4/2012
Stephens Gourley & Bywater | David A. Stephens
It depends on how the injury happened and if the apartment complex is liable for the accident.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 8/22/2012
Law Offices of Ronald A. Steinberg & Associates | Ronald A. Steinberg, BA, MA, JD
What did they do to cause you to fall?
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 8/22/2012
Klisz Law Office, PLLC
Klisz Law Office, PLLC | Timothy J. Klisz
If you can prove liability (negligence) it would be a great case against them.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 8/23/2012
Brian Wendler | Brian Wendler
The answer depends on how and why you fell. If it was the fault of someone or the design of the stairways, you may have a good case. More facts are needed.
Answer Applies to: Illinois
Replied: 8/22/2012
    Law Office of Mark J. Leonardo
    Law Office of Mark J. Leonardo | Mark Leonardo
    Well you would first need to provide more facts in order to get complete advice. Whose fault was it that you fell? Did the railing break? Did you fall off a ladder? Why is the landlord responsible, in your opinion, for the fall? Did you live at the apartment or were you a guest? The only advice I can provide on the facts you disclosed is that most landlords will carry insurance. If so, they typically have a medical payments provision that will pay your medical bills up to the stated amount in the policy (usually $5000 ? $10,000), regardless if it was your own fault or the landlord?s (or someone else?s fault). Contact the insurance company and make a claim for that. If there is some basis to hold the landlord liable, you should contact a personal injury lawyer in your area and get a free consultation to ascertain all of your rights and remedies.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/22/2012
    Jeffrey Lessin
    Jeffrey Lessin | Jeffrey Lessin
    You can sue the apartment complex, the management company and any other party that was responsible for your fall.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 8/22/2012
    Adler Law Group, LLC
    Adler Law Group, LLC | Lawrence Adler
    You have a claim only if your landlord's negligence caused the fall.
    Answer Applies to: Connecticut
    Replied: 8/22/2012
    Law Office of Jared Altman
    Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
    You can sue if someone was at fault or if you were engaged in construction, renovation or repair you can sue the owner and possibly others.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/22/2012
    Fairlie & Lippy, P.C.
    Fairlie & Lippy, P.C. | Steven Fairlie
    You can file a claim against the apartment complex. Was it their fault that you slipped? Were they negligent?
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 8/22/2012
    Graves Law Firm
    Graves Law Firm | Steve Graves
    What you can do depends on whether the apartment complex management did something negligent that caused your fall. See a personal injury lawyer now. You have only two years after the fall to file suit if you have a claim.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 8/22/2012
    Timiney Law Firm
    Timiney Law Firm | Leigh Anne Timiney
    I am very sorry to hear about your injury. What your options are with respect to you injury depends upon how the fall and injury happened. It is possible, if the apartment complex is liable for your fall, that you can receive compensation from the complex for your medical bills, any lost wages you may have and pain and suffering. To figure out whether or not the apartment is liable, you are going to have to show that the apartment somehow was negligent in the maintenance and care of the area in which you fell and that their failure to maintain that area resulted in your fall. It sounds like you have a significant injury. I would suggest you contact an attorney who specializes in personal injury and seek a consultation.
    Answer Applies to: Arizona
    Replied: 8/22/2012
    Andrew T. Velonis, P.C.
    Andrew T. Velonis, P.C. | Andrew Velonis
    All property owners are responsible for keeping their property in reasonably safe condition. If the landlord knew or should have known of a hazard and failed to take steps to correct it, even though he had time to do so, then he can be held legally liable for injuries that could foreseeably result. Of course, evidence for all of those factors will be required. So, we would need to know what caused you to fall. Other questions would of course follow from that information.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/22/2012
    The Law Offices of Charles Pernice | Chas Pernice
    If you fell because of a defect or other dangerous condition on the property caused by the owner or landlord of the apartment complex you have a right to sue for personal injuries.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/22/2012
    The Carlile Law Firm, LLP
    The Carlile Law Firm, LLP | D. Scott Carlile
    Hire an attorney and file a lawsuit for your injuries.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 8/22/2012
    Law Offices of Stanley S. Lopata
    Law Offices of Stanley S. Lopata | Stan Lopata
    What you can do about compensation for your injuries from your fall depends on what the apartment complex did or did not do that caused you to fall! If the complex created a dangerous condition, if they allowed the accumulation of trash, if they sprayed water that cause a slippery condition, if the stairway was congested with bottles, etc., if the the lights were missing and you fell because of the darkness we can do a lot to help you.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/22/2012
    Law Office of James J. Rosenberger | James Joseph Rosenberger
    What you can or can't do legally depends largely on the facts surrounding your fall. More info is needed ie, were you working there, a guest there, a tenant etc ? I have handled numerous premises liability cases including a million dollar head injury settlement arising from a fall at an apt. complex.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/22/2012
    Larry Klein Inc | Larry Klein
    You do not say what caused you to fall and that is the key as to whether or not you would have a good claim against the owner of the apartment complex. In order to win a personal injury case against the owner of the apartment complex you would have to prove two things. First, you must prove that your fall was due to a dangerous or defective condition of the apartment complex. Second, you must prove what is called the notice requirement, either that the owner of the apartment complex created the dangerous condition or if not, that the dangerous condition existed for such a length of time that the owner should have discovered the dangerous condition giving him or her sufficient time to remedy it. Given the nature of your injury, I would recommend that you promptly consult with an attorney regarding this matter.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/22/2012
    Pivotal Law Group, PLLC
    Pivotal Law Group, PLLC | Christopher L. Thayer
    There is not enough information to determine whether you have a claim. More facts about what caused your injury are needed. If it can be proven that the landowner was negligent and/or failed to properly address a dangerous condition, you may have a claim.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/22/2012
    R. D. Kelly Law Firm, P.L.L.C.
    R. D. Kelly Law Firm, P.L.L.C. | Robert Kelly
    If it was somebody else's fault, you can sue. If it was your own fault, you might not have any action at civil law.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/22/2012
    Law Offices of David M. Blain
    Law Offices of David M. Blain | David Blain
    The type of legal claim you are asking about is known as a personal injury action. In a personal injury action the injured party, if successful, can recover compensation to pay for medical bills, lost wages, pain & suffering, etc.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/22/2012
    Joel H. Schwartz, P.C.
    Joel H. Schwartz, P.C. | Steven A. Schwartz
    One would need more detail to answer your question. If you fell accidently and through no one's fault, there really is nothing you can do. In order to make a claim against the apartment complex, you would need evidence to show the place responsible for your fall. For example, if you fell off of a balcony because the railing broke away.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 8/22/2012
    Mike Yeksavich | Mike Yeksavich
    Who was at fault in your fall?
    Answer Applies to: Oklahoma
    Replied: 8/22/2012
    Levin & Perconti | Jeffrey E. Martin
    If the reason for the fall was due to some defect in the premises or other negligence of the landlord, you may have a viable cause of action. Keep in mind the deadline to file a lawsuit (statute of limitations) is usually within 2 years from the date of the incident.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 8/22/2012
    Law Offices of Lee and Baghoomian, P.C.
    Law Offices of Lee and Baghoomian, P.C. | Joseph Lee
    There are certain legal rights you have and you should see an attorney immediately about filing suit or at least contacting those that are responsible for taking care of the apartment so that you can be justly compensated for your injuries.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/22/2012
    Sedin Begakis & Bish | Mindy Bish
    It depends. If you fell as a result of a dangerous condition at the apartment complex, and the time for making a claim has not yet expired, you can file a claim and if necessary a lawsuit. If you fell through no fault of complex then you would not have a claim. You can contact an attorney who would listen to what happened to you, usually at no cost, in order to determine if your facts allow for a claim.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/22/2012
    Bulman Law Associates PLLC Injury Law Firm
    Bulman Law Associates PLLC Injury Law Firm | Thomas Bulman
    Depends. How did you end up out in the air three stories up? What can you do? Thank Jesus. He just saved your miserable life.
    Answer Applies to: Montana
    Replied: 6/26/2013
    Douglas M. Philpott, P.C. | Peter J. Philpott
    You can file a lawsuit to recover damages.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/22/2012
    Law Offices of Mark L. Smith
    Law Offices of Mark L. Smith | Mark L. Smith
    So long as it was not your fault (carelessness drukenness) you can sue the landlord.
    Answer Applies to: Rhode Island
    Replied: 8/22/2012
    Rags Beals Seigler Patterson & Gray
    Rags Beals Seigler Patterson & Gray | Ronald D. Reemsnyder
    You haven't provided enough info to allow much of a comment on your situation. In general, why you fell, your physical condition ( were you drinking?) , and how familiar you were with the premises all impact what you may do. If something broke or caused you to fall and you weren't impaired then you should probably talk with an attorney to consider a claim.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 8/22/2012
    Law Office of Ronald Arthur Lowry
    Law Office of Ronald Arthur Lowry | Ronald Arthur Lowry
    You haven't told enough. What caused you to fall?
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 8/22/2012
    Dwyer, Black & Lyle, LLP
    Dwyer, Black & Lyle, LLP | Kevin Habberfield
    If something caused you to fall that is actionable, go see an attorney. If not, I'm sorry but, you are out of luck. You need to determine what caused you to fall and whether that is someone else's fault.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/22/2012
    Rothstein Law PLLC
    Rothstein Law PLLC | Eric Rothstein
    What caused your fall?
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 6/26/2013
    Tucker Griffin Barnes, PC | Yvonne T. Griffin
    Generally speaking in Virginia, an apartment complex is only liable for injuries that occurred because of negligence on common areas. There are exceptions to this rule. If you were visiting someone at their apartment when this happens, you may have a case against that person if he/she did not keep his/her apartment in good repair and you were injured because of his/her negligence. I suggest you speak with an attorney who concentrates in personal injury law to see if you can collect from either the apartment complex or the tenant. You should remember that, except under some very narrow exceptions, you have only two years to settle and/or file suit. If you do not do so within that statute of limitations time period, you may lose valuable rights.
    Answer Applies to: Virginia
    Replied: 8/22/2012
    Paris Blank LLP
    Paris Blank LLP | Irving M Blank
    Why did you fall? Can you prove that someone was at fault and that fault caused you to fall? These are very difficult cases in Virginia and you will need an experienced premise liability attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Virginia
    Replied: 8/22/2012
    Ewusiak & Roberts, P.A.
    Ewusiak & Roberts, P.A. | Christopher J. Roberts
    If the injury was the result of a defective or dangerous condition about which the property owner knew or should have known, you can seek recovery for your medical expenses and other damages. Talk to a lawyer in your area about what happened in more detail. It will take a lot more detail about what happened to know if you have a case.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 8/22/2012
    Ferguson & Ferguson
    Ferguson & Ferguson | Randy W. Ferguson
    You should get an attorney. The complex could be liable for your damages.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 8/22/2012
    Lombardi Law Firm
    Lombardi Law Firm | Steve Lombardi
    The answer to your question depends on the specific facts about how you fell, what condition existed that allowed you to fall and your own actions leading up to the event. If you were drinking that certainly won't help your case. You need to see a qualified lawyer who practices in the area of personal injury.
    Answer Applies to: Iowa
    Replied: 8/22/2012
    The Law Office of Stephen R. Chesley, LLC
    The Law Office of Stephen R. Chesley, LLC | Stephen R. Chesley
    What you can do depends upon what caused you to fall down the stairs. If there was something wrong with the stairs or something caused you to fall you may bring a lawsuit for negligence. You should contact an attorney to discuss the facts.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/22/2012
    Downriver Injury and Auto Law | Michael Heilmann
    You don't mention what the apartment did that was wrong. An apartment is responsible if it was not safe. If you simply fell, they are not responsible.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/22/2012
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
    I need much more information before I could give an opinion.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/22/2012
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