What to do if I was injured at my apartment complex due to property management’s negligence?

I fell down steps because no bulb was there and the rubber strip on top step is bowed so I tripped on it. The tenants had asked for all bulbs to be replaced in front and back of building; the front was replaced but only the top 2 floor bulbs in the back stairwell were replaced. One night I decided to go out the back to see friend. However, I first hit the damaged top step and proceeded to fall down approximately 7 steps. To make matters worse, something wet and slippery was on the steps and I was twisted up like a pretzel with my left leg up and behind me. My left leg/knee is swollen and causing me severe pain.

Asked on October 16, 2011 under Personal Injury, Ohio

Answers:

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

In every potential personal injury lawsuit, the plaintiff has the burden of proving negligence upon the defendant (that the defendant was careless and/or did not act in a careful manner) as well as proving actual damages.

If you were injured due to the landlord's or property manager's negligence in failing to protect you against a known danger and you have actual damages you need to access the amount of the damages that you sustained in order to decide whether or not you should seek a consultation with a personal injury attorney or proceed with your claim in small claims court.

Meaning, if your damages are less than $5,000 or so in medical bills and lost wages where you believe per consultation with a physician that you will recover from the mishap with no residual effect, then perhaps filing in small claims court and proceeding on your own is the wisest course to proceed.

Good luck.


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