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Landlord fails to address leak in timely manner, gets sued

A woman is suing the property manager of her building after she slipped and fell in her apartment. The woman said she noticed leaking in her apartment that allowed water to pool in her living room, washroom, and near the kitchen. She alerted the property manager of the problem, but they did not fix it in a timely manner. As a result of the property manager's unwillingness to address the issue quickly, the woman slipped and fell.

The woman is suing the property manager on the grounds of negligence and failing to remedy a dangerous situation. She is requesting all reasonable damages, including court costs, attorney fees and appropriate relief.

Far too many landlords and building managers operate in this way. They drag their feet on fixing a critical condition, and as a result an innocent tenant or guest suffers painful injuries. It's not right, and any negligent party that acts in this way deserves to be held accountable for their negligence.

Landlords aren't the only parties that engage in such despicable behavior though. Businesses often fail to respond to dangerous conditions in a timely manner. Spills in a grocery store or dilapidated staircases in a restaurant can lead to patrons slipping and falling. These conditions should be immediately addressed once they are known by the property owners or managers.

When they aren't sufficiently addressed and they cause injuries to innocent people, those victims need to consider their legal position and consult with an attorney.

Source: Louisiana Record, "Woman claims she was caused to slip and fall after Cypress Run Apartments failed to repair leak," Carrie Bradon, April 17, 2017

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