After residing in your apartment for a while, you probably feel pretty safe from a slip and fall accident. The time spent in your residence taught you where everything is (including fall hazards) and how to navigate your space safely.
Still, unexpected slips and falls can happen, even when tenants have lived in an apartment building for many years. Sometimes, these falls are simple accidents. Other times, landlord negligence (poor maintenance, lack of repairs, etc.) can cause or contribute to these accidents.
Certain areas need prompt repair or maintenance
The entire residential structure should always be in good repair and well-maintained to prevent tenant injuries. However, certain areas of disrepair and poor maintenance increase the risk of slips and falls.
- Water leaks. Whether caused by a burst pipe, an overflowing tub or a flooded laundry room, water leaks commonly lead to tenant slip and fall accidents.
- Damaged flooring. Warped floorboards, uneven surfaces and rotted wood are just three of the many slip and fall hazards arising from damaged flooring.
- Weather conditions. New York winters come with snow, ice and slush, often causing tenants to take a spill in the outdoor areas of an apartment building.
- Dangerous stairways. Heavy use can lead to damage in stairways and on steps (missing treads, broken handrails, etc.), putting tenants at risk of injury.
- Unsafe or absent lighting. If hallways, stairwells, basements and outdoor areas have poor or no lighting, tenants can easily take a severe fall and suffer injuries.
Your landlord could be liable for your injuries if they did not correct or repair hazardous conditions in your building. If you notice a hazard, always report it to your landlord. If they fail to correct the problem and you suffer slip and fall injuries, consider learning more about premises liability in New York.