Can I Sue My Landlord for an Injury? Here’s What You Should Know.

There are few things worse than feeling unsafe in your own home, though unfortunately, people are injured in apartment accidents far more often than you may think. If you were injured as a result of your landlord failing to provide you with safe living conditions, you may have a personal injury claim. Continue reading and speak with our Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys to learn more about whether you can sue your landlord for an injury. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How do apartment accidents happen?

Apartment accidents can occur for a wide variety of reasons, though they are frequently the result of landlord negligence. As you know, landlords are responsible for ensuring their properties are safe for their tenants, and when they fail to do so, tenants can sustain serious injuries as a result. Some of the most common causes of apartment accidents are as follows:

  • Landlords failing to ensure parking lots and sidewalks are safe
  • Landlords failing to timely remove weather-related hazards, such as snow
  • Landlords failing to install carbon monoxide and smoke detectors
  • Landlords failing to ensure tenants have clean air and drinking water
  • Landlords failing to ensure playgrounds and other amenities on the premises are safe for use
  • Landlords failing to ensure all balconies, stairwells, elevators, and floors are safe

Can I sue my landlord if I was injured in an apartment accident?

To sue a landlord for an injury, you will have to prove that the landlord either knew or should have known about the unsafe conditions in your apartment, failed to take action to fix those unsafe conditions and that you were injured and sustained damages as a result. This is not always easy, which is why you should retain the services of a knowledgeable Washington D.C. personal injury attorney who can work to uncover all of the evidence needed to satisfy the burden of proof in your personal injury claim, such as a police report, witness statements, pictures of the unsafe condition, surveillance footage of the accident as it happened, medical documents, and more.

What is the statute of limitations for premises liability claims in Washington D.C.?

The statute of limitations for premises liability claims in Washington D.C. is, in most cases, three years, which means that you are required to file your personal injury claim within three years of the date of your accident. Failing to do so will most likely result in you permanently losing your right to sue. Give us a call today so we can get started.


The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.