What to Do If Your Leased Home Caused Personal Injury

When you rent out a property you expect certain standards. Namely, you expert your property to be safe to live in. If this trust is in any way violated, then you are not at fault. This applies when you first move in, before you have a chance to get a feel of the building, and after you report a fault. Your landlord has a responsibility to keep the building in proper care.

Getting hurt is always a possibility, which is why knowing what to do in advance can save you pain and smooth out the process of recovery.

Pre-Emptive Steps

Pre-emptive steps can help you by minimizing the damage on-site and by helping you through the process. Though you won’t always have the foresight to learn them, or to get certified in emergency first aid, learning them now can help you in the future.

Know Your Rights

Know your rights and, more importantly, know what you need to do to secure them. For example, knowing to contact your bill collectors and employers to notify them that you have been hospitalized can make the process easier, especially from bill collectors. So long as you have a doctor’s note of your inability to work, they will likely work with you so that your debts don’t go into arrears.

Have a First Aid Kit on Hand

You and your family members should be certified in first aid. This can save someone’s life one day, and if you are injured will ensure that you are near someone who can calmly assess the situation and minimize damage.

If You Have Been Injured

If you have already been injured in your rented home, then you will want to:

Get a Police Report

As the first step will often involve calling for help, getting a police report on the incident should be your first move. This way the cause of your injury is officially documented.

Hire a Lawyer

If you have been injured in what you believe was due to negligence, then hiring an attorney specializing in premises liability is critical. A personal injury attorney can help take care of the entire process for you, from notifying the relevant authorities of your injury to taking your landlord to court over the negligence you have experienced.

Inform The Right Authorities

Either you or your attorney will need to notify your employer, landlord, and creditors of your injury. This way you secure your position at work, notify the landlord of the purpose behind the injury, and of course provide your creditors with proof of your hospitalization and inability to work. Creditors don’t want to sell your debt on, because it is at a huge loss to them. By working together you should be able to refinance or postpone your bills until you can get back to work.

Seek Out Compensation

If you were injured because your landlord did not properly maintain the property or listen to your complaints, then you deserve compensation. Some injuries inhibit your ability to work, others can change your life. You need the compensation to cover your living expenses while you heal.

Commit to Your Rehabilitation

Always commit to total rehabilitation. If you are seeking out compensation, the amount you spend here should be covered if you win.

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