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Can I Sue My Apartment Complex for Falling on Ice?

Kenison Law Office, PLLC Feb. 23, 2024

As New Hampshire residents, we're no strangers to cold, icy winters. We've all been through them—bundled up in layers, bracing against the chill, slowly making our way through snow-covered streets and sidewalks.

But even the most seasoned among us can find ourselves unexpectedly flat on our backs due to an icy patch. These incidents can result in serious injuries, leaving you with medical bills, lost wages, and a lot of uncertainties.

At Kenison Law Office, PLLC, we're here to help answer one crucial question: Can you sue your apartment complex for falling on ice?

If you were injured by a slip and fall due to the negligence of the apartment complex management, there is a strong chance you’ll be able to sue for compensation, though it will depend on the specific circumstances of your situation.

As your personal injury advocates, our goal isn't just to secure compensation for your injuries—it's also to provide you with peace of mind and personalized legal solutions. We understand that slip-and-fall accidents are not only physically painful but emotionally distressing as well. That's why we approach each case with empathy and determination, combining our legal knowledge with a deep understanding of your individual needs. 

Understanding Negligence and Liability 

Tenants have a reasonable expectation that their apartment complex should be maintained in a safe and secure condition, ensuring the well-being of all residents. This includes proper maintenance of common areas, regular inspections, and prompt repairs of any hazardous conditions. If there is a failure to meet this duty and it results in an injury, the property owners may be held accountable for their negligence. 

In a slip-and-fall case, negligence refers to the failure of the property owner (in this case, your apartment complex) to maintain safe conditions. To hold them liable, we need to prove that they knew or should've known about the hazardous icy conditions and didn't take appropriate steps to rectify them.

However, it is important to note that each case is unique and requires a thorough evaluation by a personal injury attorney to determine the viability of your claim. 

What a Successful Claim Needs to Prove 

An experienced lawyer will help you carefully assess the circumstances, gather evidence, and consider any applicable laws to build a strong case on your behalf. Seeking legal advice in such situations can help protect your rights and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. For your claim to be successful, we need to prove four main elements: 

  1. Duty of care: The apartment complex had a responsibility to keep the premises safe. 

  1. Breach of duty: The apartment complex failed in their duty, allowing the icy conditions that led to your fall. 

  1. Causation: Your injuries were directly caused by the icy conditions. 

  1. Damages: You have suffered losses (like medical expenses, lost wages, pain, and suffering) because of your injuries. 

For instance, suppose you slipped on an icy sidewalk within the apartment complex that hadn't been cleared for days, despite numerous complaints. You broke your arm in the fall and had to take time off work for treatment and recovery. In this case, we would argue that the apartment complex was negligent, leading to your injuries and subsequent losses.

Statute of Limitations and Comparative Negligence 

New Hampshire law allows three years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. Additionally, we operate under comparative negligence. This means if you're found to be partly at fault for your accident—say, you weren't being cautious while walking on the ice—your compensation could be reduced by your degree of fault.

For instance, if you're deemed 20% at fault, your compensation could be reduced by 20%. But don't be disheartened—even if you share some of the blame, you could still recover a portion of your damages.

Always Review the Terms of Your Lease 

Your lease agreement can contain crucial information regarding the party responsible for maintenance, which includes tasks such as ice and snow removal. If your lease explicitly states that your landlord is responsible for these obligations, it significantly strengthens your claim if they fail to fulfill these duties. This clarity and specificity in the lease agreement can provide you with a stronger legal position and support your rights as a tenant. 

Kenison Law Office, PLLC Can Assist You 

Slip-and-fall accidents on ice at apartment complexes can result in serious injuries and heavy financial burdens. Knowing your rights and seeking legal guidance is crucial. Remember, each case is unique, so it's best to consult with a personal injury attorney to determine the best course of action for your situation.

At Kenison Law Office, PLLC, we're well-versed in handling slip-and-fall cases involving apartment complexes. We're committed to ensuring individuals like you receive the justice and fair compensation you deserve. From investigating your case, gathering evidence, and negotiating with insurance companies, to litigating on your behalf if necessary, we're with you every step of the way. You don't need to go through this process alone. Reach out to us for a free consultation today. 

Our firm proudly serves clients throughout New Hampshire, including Manchester, Concord, Lebanon, Dover, Nashua, Berlin, and Littleton.