Premises Liability: Stair Collapse
When compared to the potential dangers that could occur on flat, solid ground, it is apparent that a set of stairs has a number of additional dangers that require extra attention. Property owners with stairs on their premises are responsible for taking note of the additional maintenance and safety precautions they must attend to in order to ensure safety at all times. When you sustain an injury on a set of stairs caused by a property owner’s negligence, property owners should be the ones to bear the responsibility for your suffering. At the Sampson Law Firm, we work hard to provide justice and support to those who suffer at the hands of another party’s carelessness.
Causes of Stair Accidents
When it comes to stairs, there is a strikingly long list of potential accident hazards. The majority of hazards are the property owner’s responsibility. Such hazards include:
- Lack of handrails
- Uneven/Improper stair height or depth as stipulated by the required building code
- Worn down carpet/wood on the “run” part of the stair (where your foot steps)
- Slippery surfaces
Any of these hazards can cause debilitating accidents for unsuspecting people. In order to hold the property manager legally responsible for your injury, insurance companies or the court will want to consider “comparative negligence.” For example, they will look at whether your carelessness contributed to the situation. Sometimes a defect in the stairs may not be obvious and you may have to put some effort into uncovering the malfunctioning area. Proving how the stairs should be constructed or maintained, consulting the building code, and assessing the required specifications helps your case.
Consult with a Louisville Premises Liability Attorney
Taking all of these considerations into account allows you to construct your case but can be tiresome and meticulous work. Without the right knowledge and experience, you are likely to jeopardize your own success and fail to receive the proper compensation that is due to you. Our Louisville premises liability attorneys are steadfast in creating a simplified and supportive experience for every client. We want to provide you with the aid that you will need to create a successful case. To speak with one of our attorneys today and begin discussing the specifics of your case, call (502) 584-5050 today.