Hello, and thank you very much for your time. My grandmother and I live in an apartment complex and this morning she slipped and fell down the steps and on to the sidewalk. This particular staircase has had a huge chunk of marble missing from one of the top steps and I had notified the office several times to get it fixed, both verbally and in writing. There was a maintenance man working on it yesterday and during our conversation, he said that he "had to hurry up, he was off work in 15 minutes." As I was rushing downstairs to help my grandmother, I noticed the "fixed" chunk a few feet away on the grass. Injuries = Three broken teeth, concussion, two sprained ankles, and a multitude of scratches and bruises. The office is refusing to speak with us - What can we do!? Thank you!
You can send them a letter asking for whatever you feel they should do to correct the situation and discussing possible legal action. If they do not respond to your satisfaction, you can talk to a lawyer about filing suit for negligence. That would be my recommendation.
First, I'm very sorry for you and your grandmother, and wish her a very speedy recovery.
Based on what you have posted, it appears as though your grandmother has a claim against the property owners/ managment company, and possibly against the individual who was working on the stairs.
However, please be aware that this is not a straight forward case. There is a possibility of some issues arrising based on the notice/complaint that you filed.
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I'm sorry to hear about your grandmother. It can be difficult to establish negligence in slip and fall cases, but it sounds like a case could be made here if she slipped on the defective step you refer to, depending on how long the landlord took to respond to your complaints. There might even be a claim against the repairman if he was an independent contractor. You should call an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as you can for a free consultation. There could well be a claim for substantial damages here if liability looks strong. Make sure your grandmother gets all needed medical attention. Take pictures of the stairway, especially the defective stair. Best of luck with this.
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You need to contact an expert slip and fall lawyer right away. Slip and fall cases are frequently won, but they are difficult in terms of proving liability. Most reputable firms offer a free initial consultation. Please do not post any more information about the circumstances of the fall here. Discuss it privately with an injury lawyer.
While slip and fall cases are usually difficult cases, have your grandmother contact a personal injury lawyer in your area to assess her claim. Is the management of the apartment complex aware of her injuries? A lawyer will provide a free consultation so she has nothing to lose.
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I'm sorry to hear that she fell due to this defect in the steps, so take some photos of the step, and contact a local personal injury lawyer to investigate and evaluate. Avvo has a great lawyer finder tool to locate an attorney close to your home. Good luck.
You should contact a lawyer to make a claim on your grandmother's behalf. This does not have to be a confrontational thing. Your landlord has a homeowner's insurance policy that will cover such claims. A lawyer will send a notice of representation and, ultimately, a demand package to the insurance company. In that package, your lawyer will set forth the reasons why the stairway was defective or dangerous (if that is in fact the case). An expert witness will have to examine the stairway to see if it was in compliance with the building codes. Again, not something you can do on your own. A lawyer will likely take the case on a contingency basis, which means you will not have to pay unless successful. Good luck.
I am sorry to hear about your grandmother's needless fall and injury.
From what you describe, if the owner of the building and whoever is responsible for maintenance and repair had complied with their obligations, this would not have happened. Your grandmother likely has a personal injury claim, which is referred to as a premises liability case. These cases need to be done in a particular manner and therefore I recommend that you and your grandmother consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Since personal injury lawyers are hired on a contingent fee basis, so that you do not have to pay anything up front and the lawyer will only get paid if he is successful, your grandmother can hire one who has won and settled stairway cases before and who previous clients recommend. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
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This is a viable case with good evidence of actual notice.
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Landlords have a duty to keep their property in a reasonably safe condition, particularly common areas like stairs. If they know that it's dangerous and don't fix it they can be liable for injuries. There is an issue, however, as to whether you grandmother was also negligent since she knew the stairs had a piece missing. You should talk to an experienced personal injury attorney who can go over the facts in more detail, including looking at the stairs-if they still haven't fixed it you should take a photograph.
Since the management office won't speak with you, then you an attorney. I'm sure after retaining counsel that the office will speak to your attorney, as it appears they management company is liable.
Sorry to hear about your grandmother and I hope she is feeling better. She certainly appears to have a claim against the landlord for her injuries. That being said, slip and fall cases are very fact specific and can be difficult to win. The best way to help your grandmother on her case is to have her make an appointment with an experienced personal injury lawyer.
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