Defective or Broken Stairs Lawyer - premises liability attorney

By Prev Info - October 17, 2022

 National Safety Council statistics from one year show that 1,307 people in the U.S. died from a fall on or from stairs and steps. Slippery or faulty stairs can be particularly dangerous for elderly people and children, with tens of thousands ending up in the emergency room each year for injuries resulting from falls on stairs.

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Uneven surfaces like steps and stairs are innately more dangerous than flat surfaces. Claims and possible legal action for injuries from falling on stairs can be more complicated than slip-and-fall incidents on flat, even surfaces.

If you’ve been injured and believe defective or broken stairs or railings were at fault,  resourceful attorneys can evaluate and investigate your case and provide knowledgeable representation in your claim.

Cuts, lacerations, broken bones, torn ligaments, head injuries, and even serious spinal cord injuries (including paralysis) can result from tripping and falling on stairs that are slippery, broken, or have more subtle defects. 

These less-obvious deficiencies can include stairs of varying or uneven height, poor lighting, and loose or defective bannisters or handrails, as well as design defects and even building code violations.

One example of a design defect is when the materials used to build stairs and landings, or carpets or other floor coverings used in those areas, create the optical illusion of a flat surface.

 defective or broken stairs lawyers have investigated many cases involving these types of flaws and are well-versed  building codes, including those that address requirements for stairwells. These codes regulate issues like the type of handrail used, and the permissible variance between the size of each step.

Building codes regulate the measurements of both the height of “risers,” the vertical or almost-vertical space between stairs, and the “run” or “tread,” the horizontal component.

attorneys are energetic in their approach to case investigation. They’re also skilled negotiators who will work with opposing counsel to get your case resolved. 

A claim for an injury that occurred on steps, stairs, or an escalator falls under Premises Liability Law, which requires that property owners such as department stores, restaurants, hotels and other buildings provide a reasonably safe environment for people who come onto the property. Factors that can go into preventing conditions on the property that pose an unreasonable risk of harm can include proper design and adequate maintenance. Temporary hazards (like water on the stairs) must be removed or a warning given.

The building’s owner and management company may be held responsible if a person is hurt because of a condition that caused an unreasonable risk of harm; that they or one of their employees knew or should have known about; and that they did not warn the person of or correct.





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