The deck at our rental house collapsed. Subsequently, the code enforcement officer inspected the debris and determined that the deck was not built to code. Our landlord refused to have the debris removed because he claimed he could not afford it. After nearly 8 weeks we decided we would have to remove the debris ourselves because it was blocking a door and a portion of the deck was still erect and posed a hazard due to the potential for further collapse. So I set about bringing the rest of the deck down. In the process, it collapsed further and I suffered a broken leg, wrist, and a laceration that required stitches.
Did I violate any law or legal precedent by taking matters into my own hands, or can I sue my landlord since his negligence ultimately resulted in the injury.
More information is needed to evaluate this situation. Different building and safety codes may apply depending on the Building, Property or State involved. You need to consult in person with an experienced and seasoned Personal Injury, Building Safety or Premises Liability lawyer in your area. A local attorney will be more familiar with the lay of the land and tendencies of local Courts and Judges. An experienced local attorney can evaluate what evidence, statements, standards or identifications are likely to be admitted at trial. They can also provide an assessment of the potential outcomes and compensation for the issues involved.
This is not legal advice! You need to speak to a Personal Injury, Building Safety or Premises Liability attorney who is licensed in your state for legal advice. I strongly recommend you make an appointment with a competent and experienced Premises Liability attorney in your area, who can take time to carefully evaluate and explain all options available. This is merely suggestions for you to think about in discussing your situation with the local attorney.
This is not legal advice and I am not licensed to practice law in your state. You need to speak to an attorney who is licensed in your state for legal advice. This is merely suggestions for you to think about in discussing your situation with the local attorney.
Difficult question and the limited information that you were able to provide raises more questions than answers at this point. I strongly recommend that you seek counsel for the evaluation of your potential claim. Most personal injury attorneys will not charge a fee for a consultation and will provide representation under a contingency fee so he/she will not be paid unless there is a recovery. Seek legal counsel.
It is certainly possible, but I recommend organizing everything in your possession that is relevant to this matter, and consulting with a local personal injury attorney individually for a consultation.
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