Do I have a case against a landlord for an accident resulting in a fall?

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Do I have a case against a landlord for an accident resulting in a fall?

I believe I may have a case against a landlord . On 8/26/2018, I went to
pick my dog from his sitter. There is a large glass door to a foyer area
where there are two apartments. The glass was not in the door and I
tripped over the bottom broken part if the door down several concrete
steps. I fractured my ankle and still in pain and out of work.

Asked on October 23, 2018 under Personal Injury, New Jersey


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

If we are reading your question correctly, it's not clear you have a case: you write that the "glass was not in the door and I tripped over the bottom broken part." If we understand that correctly, you stepped through where the door *would have* been and tripped over the bottom frame. But glass doors are not 100% glass typically: there are hinges, a handle or doorknob, a frame, etc. There should have been reasonably obvious visual cues that there *was* a door there and that you could not simply step through. If that was the case, then you were negligent, and your own negligence would tend to offset any fault of the landlord and potentially deny you compensation. 
If we are not reading or understanding the situation properly, please repost and clarify.

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