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Hi! I'm Heather. I've been a practicing attorney for the last 15 years, and I'd be happy to assist you for informational and educational purposes.
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The landlord has obligations to keep the apartment up to code. The landlord also has the responsibility to respond to maintenance requests in a reasonable time, and definitely in the time stated in your lease contract (if it has a time specified in the lease).
If the closet door fell as a result of the landlord's negligence, then he is responsible to pay for your damages, which would include at a minimum, your hospital bills and damaged property. I'm not sure what led the closet door to fall, but especially if you contacted him and let him know of a dangerous situation such as bolts coming loose and the imminent situation of the door falling, then as long as you were not also at fault, you should have a good claim against him. Your first step would be to write up what the facts are, such as on ___ date, I emailed you and sent you the photo stating the closet door was falling off. On __ date, the door fell on me and I had to call 911 and went to the hospital with a broken leg. . . etc. Enclose copies of your bills and estimates for replacing the property and demand that he pay.
Does that make sense?