So annoyed with apartment manager…

posted 3 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m not a civil attorney so I can’t really help, but just in case no one else suggests this – take pictures of everything in your apartment complex that shows where snow has been cleared and where it hasn’t.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

You can call a personal injury lawyer but if you are in PA and it was a smooth surface, albeit icy, you’re likely out of luck. Google “hills and ridges doctrine.”

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I know nothing about the legality of this situation, I will say…that completely sucks. What state are you in? Im sure some law-knowing bees would be able to shed some insight.

eta: Just saw you are in pa…. Also, I hope you get to feeling better soon!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@beetee123:  understood that their maintenance seems slack, but unless the surface had hills and ridges in it, it seems they won’t be found liable. A personal injury atty will usually do an initial consultation for free, so you might as well call. Just wanted to adjust your expectations. I’m not licensed in PA so maybe a local attorney will know more nuances than I do. Hope you feel better soon in any case!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I would send out that letter documenting absolutely everything and what you expect so that there is proof about what you presented them with and they can’t say you left those details out. Also mention that if necessary you will be taking legal action – that usually quickens responses! This is when you look back and realize you should’ve filed written complaints about the lack of salting but we never think of that stuff until this happens!

Do not hesitate to call a lawyer on Monday and see what can be done about this. Even if they aren’t responsible for the ice being caused they may have other responsibilities that they failed to follow. 

You don’t need to worry as much about taking pictures if the hospital documented the facts of your injuries – if they say you were bruised it doesn’t matter in a lawsuit if you cannot produce a photo of that bruise. 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Hills and ridges may not apply bc of the fact that the icy conditions were due to snow that melted and then refroze. I would suggest also taking a picture ofthe snow accumulation that caused the sidewalk to be blocked. 

 

also, I’d try to have a lawyer write a letter on their letterhead requesting a response. you probably won’t need to sue, but having a lawyer write a letter should help to get a quick response. If you dont know any lawyers who can do it as a favor, you can look at services like legalshield.com.

 

 

 

good luck!

 

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

@beetee123:  I dont know much about the legal aspects of this but it really, really sucks :(. The one thing I love about my apartment complex (I’m in NJ) is that they do such a great job of clearing everything. They have been salting at 6 am EVERY morning for the past two weeks and they have a company that comes to plow/shovel once there is 2 inches on the ground, no matter what the time of day.

That is really frustrating –  I hope you are feeling better soon!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I am really shocked about this hills and ridges thing… Dh’s mom lives in pa and if she doesnt totally shovel and salt her sidewalk she is fined and could be sued…. keep on this op! Look at county laws as well and your lease.

 

Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

@beetee123:  that definitely sounds like a good start. i don’t know PA law at all and i really don’t know civil law very well.. my complex didn’t clear the snow/ice when we had that “big” snowstorm that hit the South either and I almost slipped on the ice, I was pretty furious and thought to myself, “this is so a lawsuit waiting to happen” lol – hope you feel better soon!

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