I reported the leak they looked at it and didn't do anything, two days later I fell from the water on the floor. I suffered a concussion, strained back and shoulder. The manager was told and I was told she reported to corporate, they never followed up with me. I lived with this for 7 weeks until I moved out when my lease was up.Does corporate have a legal responsibility to contact me for an incident report?
The most important issue that I can see is not whether corporate has a legal duty to contact you for an incident report, but rather, whether the owners or persons in control of the property where you fell are responsible for causing your injuries.
Premises liabilty may occur when owners or persons in control of property fail to take reasonable steps to remove known dangerous conditions on their property and as a result someone is harmed. Concurrently, there is also the question of whether you were partly at fault for causing your own injury. It can be argued that you knew of the dangerous condition and yet, you still fell.
But, these types of cases are very factually driven and the only way that you will learn the full scope of your rights is to consult with a personal injury attorney in your area. A skilled attorney will be able to ask important questions to determine who was at fault.
Because you have yet to complete an incident report, I would first speak to a local personal injury attorney. An attorney that believes they can help you protect your rights will make sure any statement that you make is not harmful to you.
If you require further medical care, by all means, treat for your injuries and document all necessary treatment as well as all injuries that you sustained from your fall.
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As my colleague stated, your ability to recover for the harms caused to you by your apartment complex keeper's irresponsibility is dependant upon a number of factors, which are each affected by the specific facts.
The most important thing to do to preserve any recovery you may be entitled to is to NOT TALK ABOUT IT, or about the harms and damages inflicted upon you, until you've had the opportunity to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney about it.
My firm handles cases like these, and I can't tell you how many times a seemingly-innocent statement made by the victim really hurt the amount recoverable. Whether myself, another trial attorney at my firm, or otherwise, it's advisable that you contact an attorney as soon as possible.
Good luck to you, and I hope I've provided some valuable thoughts to you.
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The best way to get a corporation's attention is often to hire an attorney and frequently, file a law suit. If you were injured due to the company's neglect, they are liable. Holding them responsible will require professional assistance, however.
You have five years to file a lawsuit for injury like this in Missouri. Hopefully, you have pictures and other proof of the dangerous condition that injured you.
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