Unfortunately, there are a number of ways apartment accidents can occur. This can include defective smoke or carbon monoxide detectors, unsafe stairwells, mold/asbestos, and more. If you are injured due to the negligence of a landlord, you may be entitled to recover compensation. Read on to learn more.
What do I do if I am Injured in an Apartment?
If you have been injured in an apartment accident, there are some steps you should take that can help with your personal injury case:
- Call 911
- The police can send an ambulance, file an accident report, and more.
- Document the scene
- Take photos and videos at the scene of the accident. Make sure to document the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur.
- Obtain witness contacts
- If anyone saw your accident occur, or other tenants can vouch for the unsafe conditions in the apartment, you should gather their contact information.
- Seek medical attention
- It is imperative that you go to the hospital, your doctor, or an urgent care facility immediately after your accident. This will ensure that your injuries are treated by a medical professional, but it will also provide you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Before leaving, be sure to ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.
- Contact an attorney
- An experienced personal injury attorney may be able to gather more proof of negligence. This may include security camera footage, police reports, and other evidence you may not otherwise be able to access.
How Long do I Have to File a Claim?
If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. In Florida, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally four years from the date of the accident. Four years may seem like a long time, but it is easy to let important deadlines slip by when you are recovering from a serious accident. Failing to file within four years will likely mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an apartment in Florida, contact our firm to speak with an experienced and dedicated attorney today.
Contact our experienced Florida firm
Here at Manuel & Thompson, P.A., we understand the potentially devastating effect that an injury can have on an individual and his or her family, which is why we are dedicated to helping all those who’ve been injured due to no fault of their own. Our firm also proudly handles insurance disputes, hurricane claims, fire loss claims, commercial litigation, and construction law matters. To discuss your case with our experienced Panama City personal injury attorneys, contact Manuel & Thompson, P.A. today for your free consultation.