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What costs may a landlord need to cover?

As a renter in New Hampshire, have you been hurt while in your apartment, and do you believe the landlord was at fault? Maybe there was a clear danger -- like a loose banister along the stairs -- and the landlord neglected to fix it. Maybe there were issues that neither you nor the landlord knew had to be fixed, but you believe he or she, as the owner of the property, should have known about them.

If so, you may be able to sue to get the landlord to pay for the costs that stem from the injury. If you can show that the injury came directly from some action or inaction on the landlord's part, you could ask for compensation for:

-- Pain and suffering that you had to go through-- Medical bills that you were forced to pay-- Medical bills that were sent to your insurance provider-- Money that you lost since you had to miss work-- Future money that you may lose if the injury disables you or decreases your earning capacity-- Any emotional distress you had to endure-- A disfigurement that will last a lifetime, reducing your quality of life-- Damage to any of your personal property in the incident For example, if you slipped and fell on the stairs while holding your laptop, and the laptop was broken as a result, you could ask for compensation.

Don't assume that any accident that happens is only your fault. If the landlord was at fault, make sure you know what legal steps to take to get what you deserve.

Source: FIndLaw, "Liability for Tenant Injuries and Insurance for Landlords," accessed July 07, 2015

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