What to Do After an Apartment Accident in California

Apartment accidents are common, especially when negligent landlords are involved. If you have been recently injured in an apartment accident due to no fault of your own, continue reading to learn the steps you should take to protect yourself and to set yourself up for a successful personal injury claim, should you chose to take legal action. To discuss a potential personal injury claim, do not hesitate to contact our firm. Give us a call today to learn more about our services and how we can assist you.

What are the most common causes of apartment accidents in California?

Many apartment accidents are caused by the negligence of a landlord. The following are the most common causes of apartment accidents:

  • Poorly lit parking lots
  • Unsafe apartment sidewalks
  • Failure to install smoke alarms
  • Failure to install carbon monoxide detectors
  • Failure to ensure stairways are safe

What steps should I take following an apartment accident?

After being injured in an apartment accident, it is important to have a plan. While you are still at the scene of your accident, consider taking the following steps that will protect you and your future personal injury claim:

  1. Alert the authorities of your accident and seek medical attention immediately. The police will be able to document the accident by conducting a police report. 
  2. After your treatment, collect all medical documentation relating to your injuries.  
  3. Notify your landlord of your accident as soon as possible. 
  4. Photograph the hazards that led to your accident. 
  5. Collect any witnesses’ contact information including their name, phone number, and email address. 
  6. 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. An attorney can also assist you in recovering further evidence of your accident and the negligence responsible.

What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in California?

The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in California is generally two years. This means that you will have two years from the date of your apartment accident to take legal action against your negligent landlord. It is important that you file your claim within this time period because failure to file may result in you being permanently time-barred from taking legal action. The sooner you bring attention to your claim, the better. To get started with this process, give our experienced personal injury attorney a call today. We will work to satisfy the burden of proof to recover the compensation you deserve to move forward with your life after an apartment accident.


When someone is wrongly injured in an accident, they often require financial compensation to heal. That’s where we come in. Contact the Law Offices of Brian J. O’Grady today to learn more about what our firm can do for you.