Are apartment complexes required to have the floor air vents secured down?

UPDATED: Jun 25, 2011

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Are apartment complexes required to have the floor air vents secured down?

My 2 year old just discovered that the floor air vents are not secured. He has just pulled one up and sliced open his foot. I want to know what legal action or recourse the apartment complex can be held liable for. Are they required to cover medical bills pertaining from the injury?

Asked on June 25, 2011 under Personal Injury, Illinois


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

You may very well have a legal cause of action agaist the landlord and/or managing agent and should consult with a personal injury attorney to discuss the matter--many attorneys, by the way, will provide a free initial consultation to evaluate a case.

A landlord is responsible if people are injured on its premises, due to factors within its control, if the landlord was negligent, or unreasonably careless. Securing (or not) the air vents is within it's control; and not securing them down may well be considered negligent (especially if there are families with young children in the complex). If they are liable, they are potentially liable for medical costs; for lost wages (if you missed work to care for you child); and possibl for pain and suffering.

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