Many people use stairs on a daily basis. Whether it’s at work, a shopping center, parking garage, school, or your apartment complex, taking the stairs is a commonplace occurrence. That said, most property owners recognize the importance of stairwells in their visitors’ everyday lives and strive to keep them in pristine condition. However, either out of laziness or in an attempt to save money, some property owners may put off repairing or remediating damaged stairwells. Loose railing, slick surfaces, and low lighting are hazardous conditions for stairwells requiring swift and immediate attention from property owners. Neglecting these hazards is a breach of the property owner’s duty of care and will likely result in visitors’ injury.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an unsafe stairwell, contact the experienced premises liability lawyers at Pursiano Barry Bruce Demetriades Simon LLP today for a free case consultation!
Property owners and leaseholders are required to uphold reasonable levels of safety across their premises. That includes keeping stairwells in maintained condition and good repair. This is because neglecting to do so will inevitably result in someone suffering an injury. A few common causes of stairway accidents include:
Injuries suffered from stairway accidents range from lacerations and broken bones to life-threatening damages such as paralysis or even death. Don’t hesitate to contact a personal injury attorney following a stairway accident — injuries of any kind may be grounds for filing a claim to seek compensation.
Both residential and commercial property owners can be held liable for accidents and injuries suffered on their premises. However, in order to pursue compensation from the responsible party in a stairwell accident case, the plaintiff will need to prove the property owner was negligent in their duty of care. Specifically, this means proving:
In the unfortunate event, a property owner’s negligence causes injury to you or a loved one, it’s possible to seek compensation for financial and non-financial damages. Some compensable damaged injured parties can pursue include:
Property owners will often try to evade liability by attributing injuries suffered in an unsafe staircase to the plaintiff’s clumsiness. They may also attempt to persuade claimants into settling for far less compensation than their claim is worth. Don’t let negligent property owners shift the blame. Don’t settle for less. Our experienced team of Nevada personal injury attorneys are well-versed in the art of litigation and will dedicate themselves to fighting for your best interests.
Contact the skilled lawyers at our civil litigation law firm today to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward achieving maximum, rightful compensation.