By law property owners have a responsibility to keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition. When a landlord fails to do so and a resident of an apartment building is injured as a result, the landlord can be held financially responsible for damages in a premises liability claim.
We read recently of a two-year-old girl who fell three stories from a Cary apartment window. She was rushed to WakeMed, but doctors were thankfully able to release the toddler a couple of hours later with no apparent physical injuries.
WRAL reported that she fell out of the apartment window in mid-afternoon. It should be noted that a 16-month old boy fell out of a Raleigh apartment window two months ago.
In that case, it was not apparent from the news report if the little boy had suffered injuries. He was said to have been conscious and crying after his fall.
Both incidents should serve as stark reminders to landlords of their responsibilities to tenants to keep properties safe. Broken or otherwise nonfunctioning window locks do not stop curious toddlers from opening windows.
Landlords have a responsibility to ensure that proper maintenance is performed and that windows are safe for residents. Other common problems in apartment buildings that can result in injuries and possible premises liability claims include the following:
- Cracked sidewalks and parking lot potholes
- Unstable balconies and decks
- Broken staircases and handrails
- Faulty shower doors
- Damaged floors
- Electrical shocks
- Inadequate lighting
- Unsafe playgrounds
- Poorly supervised or maintained swimming pools
- Missing or malfunctioning smoke alarms
If you or a loved one has been injured due to landlord neglect or an improperly maintained apartment complex, contact a Cary attorney skilled in personal injury litigation.