What to Know About Apartment Accidents in New Jersey

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We often do not think about the risks involved in renting an apartment. However, in some cases, landlords may fail to ensure its safety, and apartment accidents can occur as result. If you were injured as a result of a landlord’s negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact our firm today to speak with our skilled New Jersey personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of Christopher T. Howell, Esq.

What are the most common causes of apartment accidents in New Jersey?

There are many different ways that apartment accidents can happen. However, the most common is landlord negligence. Landlords have an obligation to ensure that their properties are safe for their tenants and visitors. But, if they fail this duty and someone is hurt as a result, they may be held liable. Some of the most common types of landlord negligence our firm has seen include the following:

  • Defective smoke or carbon monoxide detectors
  • Unsafe stairwells
  • Mold or asbestos
  • Failure to remove snow or ice
  • Apartment pools without necessary boundaries or safety measures
  • Inadequate lighting

What should I do if I was injured in an apartment?

You may be entitled to financial compensation if you were injured as a result of your landlord’s negligence. If you are interested in pursuing legal action, you will need to obtain as much evidence as possible starting right after your accident. If possible, take the following steps:

  • Call 911 – The police will dispatch an ambulance and file an accident report.
  • Take photos and videos of the scene of the accident, including the hazardous conditions that caused your injury.
  • Gather contact information from any witnesses to the case or other tenants that can validate the unsafe apartment conditions.
  • Seek medical attention to ensure that your injuries are properly treated. Ask your doctor to give you medical documentation outlining the severity and origin of your injuries.
  • Retain the services of an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney that can help you gather more evidence for your claim. They may have access to security camera footage, police reports, and more.

How long do I have to file my apartment accident claim?

In the state of New Jersey, all personal injury claims must be filed within the two-year statute of limitations. This means that if you do not file your apartment accident claim within two years from the date of your injury, you will lose the ability to pursue legal action and win the compensation you deserve.

Contact our firm today to ensure that you are punctually filing your claim. Personal injury claims in New Jersey are very time-sensitive. Do not wait or you will risk the chance of not being able to file at all.

Contact our Experienced New Jersey Firm

If you have been injured due to the negligence of another party and wish to speak with an attorney, contact the Law Office of Christopher T. Howell, Esq. today.