Stair Accident Injury Lawsuits
Falls on stairs account for over 60% of slip, trip, and fall deaths in buildings (National Institutes of Health). Stair accidents can cause any number of injuries ranging from minor (cuts, bruises, and sprains) to serious (broken bones, tailbone/spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries). Property owners are responsible for guaranteeing the safety of their premises and ensuring that the people on the premises are protected from reasonably dangerous conditions.
Common Causes of Stair Accidents
According to SafeEnvironments.com, several factors can influence stair safety including:
- Poor visibility of the stairway
- Lack of suitable handrails
- Lack of slip resistance or stair treads
- The presence of water or ice on the stairs
- Discrepancies with the dimensional geometry of stairs
Liability for Stair Accidents
Stair accidents are often included in “slip and fall” category of accidents, which make them a premises liability issue. According to NOLO, “Law for All,” for the property owner to be liable for a slip and fall accident (including stair accidents), one of the following must be true:
- The owner of the premises or an employee caused the spill, worn/torn spot, or other slippery or dangerous surface or item to be underfoot, which caused the fall.
- The owner of the premises or an employee knew of the dangerous surface but did nothing about it.
- The owner of the premises or an employee should have known of the dangerous surface because a “reasonable” person taking care of the property would have discovered and removed or repaired it.
Should I File a Lawsuit?
“Stairs come with inherent dangers not usually present on level surfaces. And some defects in stairs may remain hidden even after an accident. You may have to make an effort to figure out what happened and how the stairs should have been constructed or maintained,” NOLO.
Like many premises liability cases, stair accident cases can be complex and expensive. They may require extensive investigations, research into building codes, and even expert witnesses. An experienced premises liability attorney can help you navigate through the process and ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.
Contact an Experienced Premises Liability Attorney
Because of careless property owners, many people will suffer catastrophic injuries such as brain injuries or spinal cord injuries. The nature of many injuries which occur on dangerous property can be more than painful- they can be permanent.
Do not let your injuries overwhelm your life. If you have been seriously injured as a result of a condition or the use of real property, contact the Thomas J. Henry. As your premises liability lawyer, we will secure proper medical care and fight to make sure you receive proper compensation. We are available 24/7. Nights and weekends.