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I broke my foot a week ago while walking into my apartment

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I broke my foot a week ago while walking into my apartment on some uneven pavement. I was walking in and stepped on the pavement which is about an inch higher then the rest and rolled my foot.
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Was this on public or private property?

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
I want to know if they can be held responsible for medical bills? This was on the complex property walking in a side door of the building. It happened on may 31st & didn't get out of the ER till after 830 pm. I went to the office and told them on Tuesday morning after seeing the othepidic surgeon which I was told I had to see. The pavement has yet to be fixed and no one has contacted me from the office.
Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX the additional information.

I am sorry to hear of your dilemma. I realize how frustrating this is for you, but I believe I have information which you will find helpful.

Yes, the property owner could be held liable if they are found to be negligent. For the owner to deemed negligent they need to have been put on notice that pavement had a dangerous defect. If they live there or visit the property then the notice should be easy to establish.

To commence the process you would file a claim with the landlord's liability insurer.

You are not required to retain a personal injury attorney, but it will probably go more quickly if you do. There is no reason you need to learn as you go.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
I have one more quick question. So the property manager did take an accident report, and within 30 minutes they were looking at the pavement that I rolled my foot on! I also took pictures of the pavement and called down there today because I haven't heard anything. I asked for a copy of the accident report and they said it was an internal document. Are they allowed to tell me I can't have a copy? I told the office manager I was getting some bills and wanted to know what to do with them and she said the report was sent to the corp. office and was with the controller I don't know what that means and I feel like they don't care this happened.
Thank you for following up.

Yes, they can refuse to give you the report. However, you attorney would be able to get all of the documents and internal records during discovery.

You should probably have, at least, an initial consultation with a local personal injury attorney. The manager may try to delay or otherwise put off resolving your claim. An attorney could be able to protect you better than you could protect yourself.

Thank you.

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