Personal Injury - Falling on Stairs

One of the most common locations for personal injuries is on a stairway. If you have stumbled, tripped or fallen on stairs, could the property owner be liable?

To answer this question, you must first investigate the general legal guidelines of "slip and fall" cases. Following this, you should consider some unique inherent dangers associated with stairs and how they could affect your personal injury case.

Weather conditions. The safety of outdoor stairs can be greatly affected by the weather. Rain and snow make the surfaces slippery, and pedestrians have the requirement to use extra caution in these circumstances. However, the property owner may be considered liable for a slip and fall personal injury if the stairs are improperly built or maintained. If possible, make pictures of the stairway shortly after an injury.

Slippery edges. The outside edge of each stair step receives the most wear-and-tear. This can lead to slippery carpet or worn wood, resulting in a slip and fall accident. In these instances, the property owner may be found liable for your personal injury.

Stair construction. The construction of a stairway is regulated by building codes. These rules are in place to protect pedestrian safety, and include common points: 1) Handrails - Certain types of stairs require handrails of a prescribed height and width. The absence (or improper installation) of these could be grounds for a personal injury case. 2) Stair depth and height - Building codes state a maximum and minimum measurement for the width of the step as well as the height. Additionally, these measurements must not exceed a certain deviation from step-to-step.

Contact our office to discuss your concerns about a slip and fall personal injury on stairs.

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