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Apartment owner liability

If you have been seriously injured in an accident or as a crime victim in an apartment complex or multiple-family dwelling complex such as a mobile home park, you may be able to recover damages from the property owner or its management company. Georgia law requires that apartment owners and managers are to keep the premises reasonably safe and to correct dangerous conditions about which they knew or should have known.

If your landlord failed to repair stairwells, walkways or public areas that were obviously in disrepair and potentially dangerous, it may have to pay you damages for any injuries you may have received due to the hazardous condition. Similarly, if your landlord knew the area itself was potentially dangerous yet still failed to provide adequate security, it may have to pay damages related to your being a crime victim on the property.

Case examples include assaults, shootings, stabbings, rapes, wrongful deaths, vicious dog attacks or slip-and-fall accidents. Your landlord may have to pay your medical expenses, provide compensation for the pain and suffering you experienced, cover lost income property damages and, in the event a loved one lost their life, damages for their wrongful death suffered as a result of the owner's negligence.

Our firm has helped our clients recover damages against negligent landlords and management companies for injuries and deaths suffered due to the landlord's negligence. Your landlord owes a duty of care to provide a reasonably safe environment in which you can live. When its failure to adhere to that duty results in actual harm caused to you, you may be able to recover compensation to help pay for the losses you have sustained. If you have additional questions, you are invited to visit our premises liability page for further information.

Source: Isenberg & Hewitt, PC, "Atlanta Apartment Injury Lawyers", December 30, 2014

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