When you move into a new apartment, you assume that the grounds and apartments will be properly maintained. You deserve to feel safe in your new home, and if you are injured due to poor maintenance, you may be entitled to damages.
Liability in Georgia
In order to prove a negligence claim in Georgia, four elements must be present:
- The property owner has a duty to conform to a standard of conduct. Property owners have the responsibility to keep their property safe and free of hazards.
- The standard of conduct is breached. There is a breach if the property owner does not perform necessary repairs on their premises.
- The breach resulted in injury. The injured person must be able to prove that the failure of the property owner to maintain their property led to injury. The injured individual must also show that the injury occurred as a result of no fault of their own, or if the injury could have been avoided by using proper caution.
- The injury resulted in damages. The injured person must prove that the injury resulted in damages such as a lack of income or medical bills.
Types of Apartment Complex Maintenance
Property owners are liable for proper maintenance to the facilities they own. This includes maintaining walkways, proper lighting and maintaining fences and gates around swimming pools. They must also maintain stairs, balconies and parking lots.
If you see evidence of improper maintenance in your apartment complex, it is important that you report the hazard immediately. Follow up with the property manager to ensure that repairs are made. If the repairs are not performed in short order, call the owner and report the hazard. If nothing is done and you or someone is injured due to the negligence of the property manager or owner, you may be entitled to damages.
Conley Griggs Partin Attorneys at Law are experienced in premises liability laws and can fully investigate your claim. Schedule a consultation today to discuss the specifics of your case and determine whether it meets the requirements for a lawsuit. Visit us here or call our Atlanta or South Georgia offices today.
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