Have a great day;
CEO & SR Credit & Mortgage Consultant of
Ex-Mortgage Broker of more than 10 years
Since I'm only a real estate professional, and not an attorney - I'm going to tell you what I think (knowing that this isn't legal advice). Yes - this is ok, as long as you can show him proof that you broke your back on the steps. Especially if you have a witness that saw this happen.
Good luck and feel better soon....
Sorry you were hurt. Here are my questions by way of answering your:
1> Did you get checked out by a doc?
2> Did you document the stairs condition before the landlord had them repaired?
3> Has the pain subsided?
4> Did you miss any work time?
5> Do you anticipate healing 100% or any possible disability from this accident?
6> Will your personal medical insurance cover exams and treatment?
It's highly commendable that your first thought was not to run to an attorney attempting to cash in on your recent misfortune, however, if you suffer legitimate injuries, the legal process is there to help
you get fairly compensated. It's perfectly OK for you to ask the landlord to compensate you with two
months free rent, but it may be unwise for reasons mentioned by others. Before you make any final
deals, it's best for you to have all of the facts, then if you change your mind, and decide that an attorney would be helpful, you should understand the process involved with that, and that your relationship with the landlord does not need to be damaged in the process.
Best wishes for a good resolution and full recovery.
Mark Leach | http://jeconnor.com
Michael Foster http://tannerlawfirm.com
Hiring an attorney will help you make sure you minimize your loss , it does NOT have to mean you are out to take advantage of your landlord.
Jenny Noble | http://www.seckarlaw.com/personal-injury/
Will Jenkins | http://morrisandersonlaw.com/services/personal-injury/
Ethan Lybbert | http://www.mactuc.com/personal_injury.html
I believe your question to be; Was it ok to ask and not suffer repercussions? One can always ask for something and as long as you are paying your rent on time and following your lease there should be no repercussions. As for the outcome of your request is going to be determined by several factors, those of which are your proof, the insurance of the apartment, and what the attorney's will do for you and the landlord.
I wish you a speedy recovery.
Talk to a personal injury lawyer to determine if this is the best thing for you. Most personal injury attorneys don't charge for an initial consultation as they will take a portion (30 percent or so) of whatever settlement you would reach with your landlord. If you don't have a case, a reputable attorney will tell you.
Best of luck to you,