San Diego Staircase Slip and Fall Accident Attorneys
Fall Injury on a Broken or Dangerous Staircase
Stairways are inherently dangerous places that can cause serious injuries to even the most surefooted individual. The National Safety Council (NSC) reports that more than one million Americans are injured or killed every year in staircase accidents. Stairway accidents usually result in such moderate to severe injuries as cuts‚ abrasions‚ and contusions (bruises); sprained tendons‚ ligaments‚ and muscles; broken and crushed bones; neck‚ back‚ and shoulder injuries; head trauma; and broken teeth. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a staircase accident‚ you may have grounds for a personal injury or wrongful death claim.
To find out more about your legal rights and options‚ you’ll need to consult an experienced San Diego slip and fall injury attorney. Jurewitz Law Group has been successfully representing Southern California injury victims since the year 2000‚ consistently winning substantial settlements for their clients. Call Jurewitz Law Group today at (619) 233-5020 or (888) 233-5020 to schedule a free consultation.
Common Causes of Stairway Accidents
The following are some of the more common causes of stairway accidents that involve negligence on the part of the property’s owner:
- Slippery surfaces: When the carpeting or wood surface of a staircase gets too worn down‚ the steps can become slippery. The property’s owner is responsible for keeping the stairway safe by replacing the carpeting or replacing the boards of the steps. Some stairs may be made of tile‚ highly polished wood‚ or stone that is naturally very slippery. The property owner in such a case may have chosen appearance over safety‚ which does not excuse them from liability.
- Icy or wet stairs: Outside stairways must be designed and maintained so that excessive water‚ snow‚ or ice does not collect on them. The property owner also has an obligation to keep their stairs shoveled during the winter and to put salt or sand on them to make them less slippery.
- Debris on stairs: A property owner has an obligation to keep stairways free of debris and other obstructions which may cause someone to trip and fall.
- Building code violations: Every municipality has building codes that specify what dimensions the vertical (“riser”) and the horizontal (“run”) of steps must be. Not having the stairs meet those specifications can be seen as negligence. Building codes also specify that steps must be consistent in the dimensions of the risers and runs‚ so as not to confuse someone using the stairs. Lastly‚ building codes are specific about the size and placement hand railings. Having railings that are too high‚ too low‚ or too weak is a violation of building codes.
- Poor lighting and maintenance: Stairways need to be adequately lit and maintained. Crumbling steps or deteriorating boards need to be replaced.
Premises Liability and Staircase Falls in San Diego
Premises liability is a legal concept that maintains that the owner or possessor of a property has a duty of care (obligation) to keep that property “reasonably safe.” Failure to do so is negligence and the owner or possessor of the property can be held liable for any injuries that occur due to that negligence.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a stairway accident‚ you need to hire a dedicated premises liability lawyer in San Diego. For over 15 years‚ San Diego’s Jurewitz Law Group has helped Southern California injury victims and their families get compensation for such things as medical bills‚ pain and suffering‚ lost wages‚ wrongful death‚ and more. Call our offices today for a free consultation at (888) 233-5020.
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