Slip and fall accidents occur often. In fact, slip and fall accidents are one of the leading causes of injury and lawsuits in the United States. Slip and fall accidents can happen for a variety of reasons and they can occur at any time. However, some of the most severe slip and fall incidents occur on stairways. While some cases of people falling on the stairs are caused by nothing more than the person’s own carelessness, there are some instances in which these slip and fall accidents are the result of someone else’s negligence. If you or someone you know is injured in a stairway slip and fall accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP NY today. Our team of personal injury professionals has the knowledge and experience to offer you quality legal representation.
There are many causes of stairway slip and fall accidents. One of the common causes is broken stairs. Often times a broken stair can result in an individual tripping and falling down the stairs, leading to very serious injuries. In the event that your injuries are the result of a broken stair, you may be entitled to compensation. This is because it is the job of every property owner or manager to ensure that his or her property is safe for the public. If a stair is broken, the property owner or manager should be aware of it and post warning signs until the hazard is fixed.
Another common cause of stairway slip and fall accidents is bad lighting. Areas that are accessed by the public and used regularly should have adequate lighting. This is especially true for stairways. A stairway that isn’t properly lit can lead to faulty depth perception, missing steps, tripping and falling. All of these can have catastrophic consequences, particularly in a stairway.
The lack of a handrail in a stairway is also a cause of stairway slip and fall cases. The purpose of handrails in stairways is to help people go up and down the stairs safely. In most cases, people who are about to fall in a stairway would grab the handrail to stabilize themselves. In the event that the handrail is not present, the injuries incurred in these types of accidents are usually significantly worse than they otherwise might have been.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a stairway slip and fall accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP NY today. Our team of personal injury professionals has the knowledge and experience to offer you quality legal representation, while fighting for the compensation you need and deserve. Call us today at (877) 504-5562. You may also contact us by email at any time at [email protected].