Property owners have certain duties under Wisconsin law to protect others from safety hazards. The landlord of an apartment complex has a responsibility to their tenants and all lawful guests to take reasonable steps to maintain their premises and comply with any applicable property codes.
In addition to maintaining the units in the apartment complex, landlords are typically responsible for lobbies, stairwells, pool areas, parking lots, gyms, terraces and other common areas.
Unfortunately, many apartment residents and guests suffer slip-and-fall injuries while at the apartment complex. Landlords in Wisconsin may be held liable for slip-and-fall injuries if:
- There was a dangerous condition on the landlord’s premises at the time of the fall.
- That condition caused a non-trespasser to slip and fall.
- They knew or should have known of the dangerous condition that caused the accident (had actual or constructive notice of the condition).
- They failed to warn others of the dangerous condition and failed to take reasonable steps to fix it.
At an apartment complex, slip-and-falls can be caused by several dangerous conditions including:
- Cracks in sidewalk.
- Poor lighting.
- Liquid spilled on lobby floor.
- Slippery pool decks.
- Broken steps.
If you decide to file a claim against a property owner, the owner may argue that the accident occurred because of your own negligence. For example, if you were texting when the incident occurred, a landlord may argue that your failure to pay attention was the reason you tripped on the sidewalk of the complex.
Keep in mind, however, that under Wisconsin law, you can recover damages for your accident-related injuries as long as you are found no more than 50% at fault for what happened.
Before filing a slip-and-fall claim, it may be in your best interest to consult with a lawyer who specializes in personal injury. Your attorney can review the facts of your case, gather evidence, and speak to witnesses to determine whether you have a strong case. If you do, they can help you file your claim and recover damages to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.