Slip and fall accidents can occur anywhere in California, especially on stairs. When a stairway accident is caused by broken stairs, loose banisters, or other defects, and someone is injured, the negligent parties can be held liable. If you or a loved one has been injured in a stairway accident, get medical treatment, and then call an aggressive slip and fall attorney
At J&Y Law, we know a staircase that is poorly constructed or improperly maintained can be treacherous. Our personal injury practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals who have been injured in stairway accidents.
If your fall was caused by broken stairs or a poorly secured banister, we will identify the responsible party, hold them accountable, and get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation. There is never a fee until we recover for you.
Where Do Stairway Accidents Occur?
Staircases are common on properties throughout California, especially in cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco where there are a high number of multi-story apartment buildings. But stairway accidents can also happen at a workplace (e.g. warehouse, factory) or a restaurant that has more than one level.
When the property owners fail to maintain staircases by replacing broken steps or replacing loose banisters, the risk of slip and fall accidents is high. By working with a capable personal injury lawyer you can recover damages for the harm you have suffered.
Common Causes of Stair-Related Injuries
In addition to broken stairs and poorly secured banisters and handrails, slip and fall accidents on stairways can be caused by:
- Slippery surfaces
- Debris on the stairs
- Poorly lit stairways
- Uneven or unstable steps
- Worn carpet
- Improperly proportioned step height/depth
- Violations of building codes
Regardless of the cause of your stairway accident, our experienced California slip and fall accident lawyers can help. When you consult with us, we will explain all your rights and determine whether you have grounds for a premises liability lawsuit.
Who is Responsible for Broken Stairs and Poorly Secured Banisters?
Stairway accidents are often the result of negligence by a property owner or management company. Under California premises liability law, property owners and managers have a legal obligation to maintain the safety of a property, including stairways. Additionally, municipal and state government agencies issue building codes that regulate stairways, handrails, and other stairway structures. In short, property owners and managers are responsible for:
- Maintaining stairways and other building structures
- Repairing known hazards as soon as they are reported by tenants, observed during an inspection, or otherwise brought to the landlord’s attention and
- Warning tenants and/or visitors of any hazards
If a broken stair, poorly secured banister, or other defect results in someone’s injury, the victim can pursue a premises liability claim to recover damages.
Injuries Resulting From A Broken Stairs Accident
Falling on stairs may cause serious injuries to different parts of the body, ranging from minor to serious – the elderly are at higher risk of suffering traumatic injuries. Regardless of a person’s age, a stairway slip-and-fall can result in:
- Fractured wrists or ankles
- Soft tissue injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Broken hips
- Neck and back injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured due to a stairway fall, our experienced personal injury lawyer is here to help you obtain the medical care you need and the compensation you deserve.
Why Choose Us?
Being injured in a stairway accident due to broken stairs or a poorly secured banister can be overwhelming. Regardless of the defect that caused your stairway slip and fall accident, our legal team will work tirelessly to protect your rights. Once you become our client, we will:
- Investigate and photograph the site of your stairway accident
- Interview witnesses
- Obtain medical records that support your claim
- Negotiate a settlement with the property owner’s lawyers
- File a premises liability lawsuit if necessary
Although stairway accident cases can be resolved through negotiations with the property owner’s insurance company, we are always prepared to litigate to achieve the best possible outcome. You can trust our attorneys to fight for the compensation you deserve. While no two injury claims are the same, you may be able to recover damages such as:
- Medical expenses (past and future)
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and Suffering
- Costs of rehabilitative care
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If your stairway slip and fall was due to a building code violation, you may also be entitled to punitive damages, which are designed to punish the property owner’s unlawful conduct. Above all, we will fight the compensation that considers all of your future medical and financial needs.
Contact Our Experienced California Stairway Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been injured in a stairway fall caused by a broken step, poorly secured banister, or other defects, turn to J&Y Law. We will offer you knowledge, compassion, and dependable service and stand by you every step of the way. Contact us today to get started.