Our stairway accident lawyers assist victims who have suffered an injury because of a faulty staircase or a negligent property owner. Over 1 million people hurt themselves on staircases every year in the U.S. Accident victims and their family members deserve fair compensation for their injuries.
Common injuries from falling down stairs in these cases include broken bones, sprains, and lacerations. Accident victims usually suffer these injuries due to slip and fall accidents, missing handrails, and poor lighting.
In addition to bringing a lawsuit, injury lawyers can assist their clients by:
- managing their medical care,
- gathering evidence, and
- filing a personal injury claim with the insurance company of an at-fault party.
The Shouse Law Group is a personal injury law firm that represents people in stair accident cases throughout the United States. Our experienced attorneys work tirelessly for all our clients and seek to get you the biggest settlement possible. Call today to get the legal representation you deserve.
What are common causes of elevator accidents and common injuries?
Americans get hurt almost every day in stairway accidents. According to a study in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, over 1 million people in the U.S. get injured annually in stairway falls and trips. While older adults, younger children, and women report more frequent staircase accidents, all people are susceptible to these incidents.1
Common causes of staircase accidents include:
- missing handrails or broken handrails,
- slippery surfaces and slippery stairs,
- faulty stair risers,
- stair heights not in compliance with building codes,
- inadequate lighting,
- uneven steps,
- rotting wood, and
- stairway collapses.
Common injuries in these cases include:
- bruises, and
- broken bones.
Note that more serious stair-related injuries can occur, including:
- a traumatic brain injury,
- back injuries, and
- spinal cord injuries.
Who are common defendants in stairway accident cases?
Most staircase accident lawsuits are couched within premises liability laws. According to this area of the law, an injury victim can bring a lawsuit against the owner of the stairs/property upon which he/she fell.
Note that property owners and occupants have a duty of care to maintain their property (including any stairs on it) in a reasonably safe condition and to warn guests and visitors of dangerous conditions that are not open and obvious.
If owners breach this duty, then they are said to have acted negligently, or in a relatively unreasonable way under the circumstances.
Therefore, if people slip or trip down a flight of stairs, they can succeed in a premises liability suit by showing that the owner of the stairs was negligent.
If a victim can make this showing, then a premises liability lawyer can help that party receive compensation for:
- medical bills and medical expenses,
- lost wages,
- lost earning capacity,
- property damage, and
- pain and suffering.
If someone was killed in a stairway accident, the party’s family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the owner that is liable for the incident. Damages can include (but are not limited to):
- burial and funeral expenses,
- amounts the deceased would have earned as income, and
- compensation for the loss of the deceased’s companionship and support.
What is the role of a personal injury lawyer in a stairway accident case?
An injury attorney plays a huge role in these types of cases.
Lawyers interview clients to learn the facts of a case and assess a victim’s medical needs. Attorneys can then help victims receive immediate medical attention and manage their ongoing medical care.
Staircase accident attorneys can also help clients gather evidence to prove that a property owner was negligent. In difficult cases, a lawyer can appoint an expert to help interpret this evidence and/or explain it to a judge or jury.
Where a property owner has insurance, an injury lawyer can help a client file a personal injury claim with the insurer. The attorney can also negotiate this claim with the applicable insurance adjuster.
Finally, lawyers can file lawsuits in personal injury cases and work to receive favorable verdicts on behalf of their clients.
What are the benefits of a stairway attorney?
Personal injury lawyers in these cases help maximize their clients’ compensation.
An injury attorney knows the true value of a case. They won’t back down from an insurer or liable property owner until that party pays its fair share of a victim’s injuries.
Note that lawyers can also find hidden value in a case, like an additional liable party or more evidence to show negligence. This translates into a great payout for an injury victim.
Stairway lawyers also waste no time in taking over all of the details and complexities in a case. As a result, victims can focus on their health and hopefully recover more rapidly.
Most personal injury attorneys offer free case evaluations. Potential clients, then, can learn their legal options without spending a dime.
Also, keep in mind that communications between a client and lawyer are protected by nature of the attorney-client relationship. Protection means a lawyer cannot disclose a client’s information without the consent of that client.
For additional help…
If you or a loved one was injured in a stairway accident, we invite you to contact our law firm at the Shouse Law Group. Our attorneys provide both free consultations and legal advice you can trust.
We work tirelessly to get you the maximum compensation available for your case.
- Carolyn Crist, Reuters Health, “Injuries on Stairs Occur in All Age Groups and Abilities,” (2017).