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Can you Sue Your Apartment Complex for Negligence?

July 3, 2024 | Premises Liability

Asian elderly people with walking stick on floor after falling dEveryone has the right to a safe living environment. Yet, sometimes, when apartment complex owners prioritize profit, it can compromise your health and safety. If you’ve been injured due to the negligence of an apartment owner, property manager, or rental company, speak with the lawyers of Goza & Honnold to understand your legal options. 

The law requires apartment complexes to keep their premises reasonably safe. This duty typically includes conducting regular inspections to identify any potential dangers, repairing any hazardous conditions promptly, and informing residents and their guests about any risks. If an apartment complex neglects these obligations, it may be liable for any financial losses and injuries through a premises liability claim. We will investigate your apartment complex accident, gather evidence of negligence, and guide you through the legal process to increase your chances of a favorable resolution. 

Who Is Liable in an Apartment Complex Accident Claim? 

Determining liability in an apartment complex accident can be a complex process, often dependent on various factors, including the nature of the accident and the specific circumstances that led to it. In general, liability falls on the party responsible for maintaining the area where the incident occurred. However, identifying this party involves a thorough examination of the roles and responsibilities outlined in lease agreements, state laws, and the principles of premises liability.

Apartment Complex Owners and Management

Primarily, the owners and management companies of apartment complexes bear a significant portion of the responsibility for ensuring the safety of the property. This includes regular maintenance of common areas like hallways, stairwells, parking lots, and amenities such as pools and gyms. If an accident was caused by negligence in maintaining these areas – for example, a slip and fall on an unattended wet floor or an injury from a broken handrail – the complex’s owners or management could be held liable.

Maintenance Staff and Contractors

Sometimes, the liability may extend to the maintenance staff or outside contractors hired to perform specific tasks within the complex. If their failure to adequately address a known issue or improper execution of their duties leads to an accident, they could also be considered liable. This could include scenarios where faulty repairs or inadequate maintenance work result in unsafe conditions.

Manufacturers of Faulty Equipment

In cases where an accident is caused by malfunctioning equipment or appliances within the apartment complex, the manufacturer of those products could be held liable under product liability laws. This might apply to incidents involving defective smoke detectors, appliances, fitness equipment, or elevators.

Establishing liability in apartment complex accidents requires a detailed investigation into the incident, including gathering evidence of negligence, understanding the legal obligations of the parties involved, and, often, negotiating with insurance companies. Working with the lawyers of Goza & Honnold is invaluable in navigating these complexities, ensuring you understand your rights and avenues available for seeking compensation for damages.

How to Prove Negligence in an Apartment Complex Accident Claim

Proving negligence in an apartment complex accident claim is essential for holding the responsible party accountable and obtaining compensation for injuries and damages. Negligence means that a party fails to act with reasonable care, leading to harm. 

For apartment complex accidents, demonstrating negligence involves a multi-step process, including the following:

Establishing a Duty of Care

Show that the apartment complex owner or management had a legal obligation to ensure safety on the premises. This duty of care is generally accepted in landlord-tenant relationships, where landlords must maintain livable conditions and safe common areas.

Breach of Duty

Once you’ve established that there was a duty of care, you must then prove that the apartment complex or its agents breached this duty. This could be through action (e.g., performing inadequate repairs) or inaction (e.g., ignoring reported hazards). Evidence of failed maintenance, ignored complaints, or violation of safety codes can support this claim.


Demonstrating causation involves linking the breach of duty directly to the accident. It must be clear the injury would not have occurred if the opposing party had fulfilled the duty of care. For instance, if a broken stair was reported but not fixed, and it later caused a fall, this direct link between the negligence and the accident must be clearly established.


Lastly, it’s necessary to prove that the accident resulted in quantifiable damages. This can include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other financial impacts resulting from the injury. Documenting these damages through medical records, receipts, and employment records is crucial for substantiating your claim.

Working with an apartment complex accident lawyer can significantly increase the chances of recovering damages for medical expenses, lost wages, property damages, and other losses. 

Speak With the Apartment Complex Accident Lawyers of Goza & Honnold Today 

If you suffered injuries in an apartment complex due to someone else’s negligence, you have the right to pursue legal recourse and compensation for the damages you incurred. The lawyers of Goza & Honnold will meticulously investigate your claim, gather the necessary evidence, and build a compelling case on your behalf. We also handle negotiations with insurance companies, ensuring that you are not short-changed for medical bills, lost income, and other losses.  

Call our premises liability lawyers today for a free consultation at (913) 451-3433 or fill out a contact form to discuss your case and explore your options for moving forward.