What To Know About Apartment Accidents in Washington D.C.

Apartment accidents are typically caused by forms of negligence by the landlord. If you have been injured in an apartment accident due to no fault of your own, you may be eligible to recover compensation in a personal injury claim. To learn more about what to do after an apartment accident, continue reading.

If you have any additional questions regarding filing a personal injury claim, give our experienced personal injury firm a call. We would be happy to walk you through the steps of the legal process ahead.

What are the most common causes of apartment accidents in Washington D.C.?

The most common causes of apartment accidents are generally caused by negligence. When a landlord fails to provide safe living conditions for their tenants, this can lead to accidents and injuries. The following are the most common causes of apartment accidents:

  • Unsafe apartment sidewalks
  • Failure to ensure stairways are safe
  • Failure to install smoke alarms
  • Failure to install carbon monoxide detectors
  • Poorly lit parking lots
  • Failure to remove snow or other weather-related hazards

What steps should I take after being injured in an apartment accident?

It is important to have a plan after you have sustained injuries in an apartment accident. Take the following steps while you are still at the scene:

  1. Call 911. The police will document the accident by conducting a police report. They will also bring medical attention to the scene.
  2. Notify your landlord of the accident.
  3. Collect any witnesses’ contact information.
  4. Take photos of the scene of the accident and the unsafe conditions that played a part in your accident.
  5. Retain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney who will work to satisfy the burden of proof to recover the compensation you require to heal.

What is the statute of limitations for apartment accidents in Washington D.C.?

The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Washington D.C. is generally three years. This means that you will have three years from the date of your accident to take legal action against your negligent landlord. If you wait longer than the allotted time to take legal action, you could risk being permanently time-barred from suing. The sooner you take legal action, the better. Give our experienced personal injury attorney a call to get started today. Our legal team will work to satisfy the burden of proof to recover the compensation you require to heal.


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.