Stairway Fall Accidents and Personal Injury Claims in California
Who Is At Fault For Your Accident?If you have been injured due to falling down stairs, you may be entitled to compensation from the property owner if certain conditions are met. Many things can cause a slip and fall accident, and it is possible that you may be at fault for the injuries you sustained falling down stairs. If you were going too fast or not paying attention, you may not have a claim because the accident was not caused by a defective condition on the property. However, if the steps were slippery, icy or wet, in violation of building codes, had poor illumination, missing a handrail, uneven, or with improper height and distance, the owner of the building or property may be liable for the improper construction, maintenance or upkeep.
Types of Stairway Fall InjuriesSlip and fall and trip and fall accidents on stairways can cause serious injuries. The type and severity of injury will vary depending on numerous factors, including the distance of the fall, whether you fall forward or backwards, whether you trip on a single step or fall down an entire flight of stairs, and how you land. Railings can prevent some accidents and lessen the severity of others by providing a stopping point for a fall. Common injuries in stairway falls including head injuries, brain spinal injuries, broken bones, ankle fractures, contusions, torn ligaments, and other serious injuries.
Recovering Compensation for Your InjuriesIf you or a family member have been hurt as a result of a slip and fall or trip and fall accident on a staircase, contact an experienced personal injury attorney who has successfully handled staircase premises liability claims. Take pictures of the location where the accident occurred if possible. A lawyer will consult with an expert who will inspect the staircase, including how it was designed, and determine if it was negligently maintained or otherwise dangerous. Because every situation is different, the investigator will assess the unique situation and determine if the stairway was safe for their reasonably intended use, at all times of day when such use could be reasonably forseeable. If you are entitled to damages, your claim may include damages for your medical expenses, lost earnings related to the accident, and pain and suffering. Note that by law, you only have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit, so contact a lawyer as soon as possible.