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I fell down the stairs at my friend’s apartment complex in Milwaukee because the handrail was broken. I feel awkward involving her, but I need someone to pay for my medical bills. What should I do?

Although your fall occurred at your friend’s residence, she is not responsible for taking care of the grounds or keeping up with the maintenance. That responsibility belongs to the property owner or the property manager of the apartment complex.

Because of this, you shouldn’t feel awkward involving your friend, especially if she witnessed your fall. Your friend should understand that your fall injuries are not your fault. Plus, medical bills can add up quickly. You should not have to incur medical expenses or lost income from being a victim of a Wisconsin slip and fall accident.

We understand that you don’t want to lose your friend or cause him or her grief, but this matter shouldn’t be viewed in this way. The money for your medical bills and other damages will not come out of your friend’s pocket. Instead, your friend’s landlord or the person or company who owns the apartment building should be held accountable.

The property manager has a duty to take care of the grounds and to protect residents and their visitors from possible dangerous conditions. This includes repairing or replacing broken handrails so that people can walk up and down the stairs safely.

If you feel hesitant pursuing damages because your friend lives there, call us and we will talk to you about your situation in more detail. You can reach Hupy & Abraham toll-free at (800) 800-5678 for a free consultation with a Milwaukee personal injury lawyer today. With seven offices in two states, we are ready to pursue your Wisconsin, Iowa, or Illinois premises liability lawsuit until you get the compensation you deserve.