Lake and Porter County Renter Injury Attorneys
Dangerous conditions on rental property can put renters at risk of serious injury or death. If you have been injured by the negligence of your landlord, you may be entitled to compensation for damages such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
At Dugan & Rybicki, P.C., in St. John, our Northwest Indiana premises liability lawyers represent renters in Lake County, Porter County and throughout northern Indiana who have been injured by dangerous property conditions. We offer a free initial consultation to explain your rights and options.
What Is Landlord Negligence?
Landlords have a legal duty to reasonably operate, maintain and supervise their rental property for the safety of renters and guests. Here are some examples of dangerous conditions that may be the responsibility of the landlord:
- Mold and lead paint: Environmental hazards can cause lasting damage to your health and the health of your family. Landlords have a responsibility to remove lead paint, mold, asbestos and other hazardous substances before renting out property to unsuspecting tenants.
- Building code violations: If the rental property has significant structural issues such as missing handrails, rotten wood, exposed wires, leaking gas pipes and other dangerous conditions, those issues should be corrected as soon as the landlord becomes aware of them.
- Maintenance of common areas: Apartment common areas should be uncluttered, well lit, and without hazards that could cause injury to renters or guests. When the property is poorly maintained, serious slip-and-fall accidents can result.
- Smoke detectors and fire extinguishers: Nonfunctioning smoke detectors and fire extinguishers put renters at risk of burn injuries and death.
- Locks on windows and doors: Nonfunctioning or missing locks on windows and doors can make renters the victims of rape, burglary and other crimes.
If you or a loved one has been injured by landlord negligence, it’s important to take photographs of the negligent conditions before they are corrected by the landlord. In some cases, security cameras and witness statements can provide important evidence of how long a dangerous condition went uncorrected by the landlord.
For More Information About Landlord Negligence
For more information or to schedule a free consultation with our Lake County and Porter County landlord negligence attorneys, call (219) 365-7766 or fill out the contact form on this website.