November 09, 2023
People who live in rental properties put their trust in landlords to provide them with a safe and habitable environment. This includes the upkeep of common areas such as staircases, walkways, and parking lots. Neglecting this responsibility can result in life-altering incidents.
Philadelphia Injury Lawyers P.C. along with co-counsel Andrew Lacy Esq. recently secured a significant $350,000 jury verdict for a client who experienced a traumatic slip and fall incident on her landlord's premises.
The incident occurred within an apartment complex. The client, a resident of the complex, was descending a flight of stairs when she tragically slipped and fell due to a defective stair. This resulted in severe injuries, including a left ankle fracture which required two surgeries. The injuries required extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation, causing the client significant pain and suffering.
The negligence involved in the condition of the stair was egregious and posed a hazard even to individuals exercising reasonable care, as was evident in this case. When the client sought the legal representation of Philly Injury Lawyers, the experienced legal team promptly initiated an investigation into the incident. Drawing upon their vast expertise in representing clients in personal injury cases, they began to uncover the shocking truth about the landlord's lack of attention to their legal responsibilities regarding the maintenance of common areas, specifically staircases.
At the heart of the case was the argument that the landlord had failed in their duty of care to ensure tenant safety within the building, with specific reference to the lack of stair maintenance. The legal team worked diligently to compile compelling evidence, which included photographs of the client's physical injuries and the faulty stairs. The evidence gathered in this case solidly substantiated the claim that the landlord's negligence in stair maintenance directly led to the client's injuries.
The landlord's breach of duty in failing to promptly repair and maintain the stair's condition transformed the staircase into a perilous environment. This neglect culminated in the client's slip and fall, causing immense pain and suffering.
The $350,000 jury verdict secured by Philly Injury Lawyers and co-counsel Andrew Lacy Esq. not only compensates the client for her injuries, but also serves as a reminder of the critical importance of maintaining safe premises for all tenants. It also highlights the significance of tenants understanding their rights and being aware of their landlord's obligations. If tenants come across hazardous conditions in their rental properties, they should report them promptly to the landlord or property management. In cases where landlords fail to address these concerns, legal recourse may be necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of tenants.
If you or a loved one have suffered an injury on the premises of a rental property, contact Philadelphia Injury Lawyers P.C. today for a free consultation.
The lead attorney in this case, Michael F. Boland Esq., is also the founder of several other prominent personal injury law firms: Pittsburgh Injury Lawyers P.C. based in Pittsburgh, PA; PA Medical Malpractice Lawyers P.C. based in Reading, PA; and NYC Injury Attorneys P.C. in New York, NY.