If my foot was caught in a hole outsidemy rentaland it caused me to fall, can the landlord be responsible for my medical bills and loss of work?

My landlord patched it up about a year ago which was a temporary cheap job.

Asked on December 2, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Maryland

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

As the owner of the property, the landlord is liable for your injury.  When you complete your medical treatment and are released by the doctor or are declared by the doctor to be permanent and stationary which means you have reached a point where no further improvement is anticipated, obtain your medical bills, medical reports and documentation of wage loss.  Your personal injury claim filed with the landlord's  insurance carrier will consist of these items.  Compensation for the medical bills is straight reimbursement.  Compensation for wage loss is straight reimbursement.  The medical reports will document the nature and extent of your injury and will be used to determine compensation for pain and suffering.  Compensation for pain and suffering is an amount in addition to the medical bills.  If you are dissatisfied with settlement offers from the insurance company, reject the settlement offers and file your lawsuit for negligence against the landlord.  If the case is settled with the landlord's insurance carrier, NO lawsuit is filed.  If the case is NOT settled with the landlord's insurance carrier, you will need to file your lawsuit for negligence against the landlord prior to the expiration of the applicable statute of limitations or you will lose your rights forever in the matter.


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