Proving Your Accident on Stairs Was the Fault of Another Party

Stairs are one of the most dangerous parts of any structure. In fact, many contractors now refuse to install a staircase unless a railing is placed on each side, as they don’t want to be held responsible if someone is injured. The property owner may be held liable if someone slips and falls on the steps, if they have been negligent in one or more ways. How do you know if someone can be held responsible when you trip, slip, or fall on their steps? Ross Lawyers can be of assistance in helping you determine this.

For someone to be held accountable for a slip or fall involving stairs, the property owner and/or an employee must have caused the slippery or dangerous surface to be under the person’s foot, caused the spill, or did something which led to a torn or worn spot. In addition, the owner may be held responsible if he or she knew about a potentially dangerous situation and did nothing about it, or if he or she should have known about this situation, simply by properly caring for and maintaining the property.

When you have an accident of this type, you need to let the attorney know of any conditions which may have contributed to the slip, trip, or fall. This may be wet or icy stairs on the outside of the property. Slippery services are another thing your lawyer will need to know about. This may be the result of the carpet which has been worn down over time or it may be a rip in the carpet which led to your accident. Polished wood and/or tile are often slippery, leading to these types of injuries, which is why some contractors now require railings be installed.

Building code violations often play a role in accidents involving stairs. This may be a missing handrail or one that is installed improperly. When the stairs aren’t the correct height or depth, this may contribute to an accident of this type. The more information you provide your attorney, the easier it will be for him or her to prove your case and get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries, pain and suffering, and more.