Irwin Mitchell's specialist personal injury team in Leeds has assisted a client, Mrs F, to receive compensation for injuries she sustained in a fall at her rental property.
Mrs F suffered a fractured leg when she feel on a defective outside step at the property she was renting. The step, that led down from her back door to the garden, had subsided so that one side was an extra eight inches drop. There was no lighting outside the property. Mrs F caught the edge of the step and fell, injuring her ankle.
The property had a number of defects that needed the landlord's attention. Mrs F had reported some of these, but not the back step. The landlord had been aware of the defect to the step before Mrs F moved in but claimed that as no one had fallen before and Mrs F had not reported it, that it was not dangerous.
Irwin Mitchell's expert solicitors were pleased to be able to secure £6,000 in compensation for Mrs F, but warn that tenants should make their landlords aware of defects in a property as soon as they can. In this case the fact that the landlord was aware of the defect assisted Mrs F's case, but without their prior knowledge the case would have been much more difficult to win.
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