Slip and Fall Accidents on Stairways

Slip and Fall Accidents on Stairways: What You Need to Know

Feb 20, 2023 | Consumer Information, Personal Injury, Slip and Fall

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Have you recently been injured in a stairway slip and fall accident? If so, it’s important to understand the laws related to these cases. Many people don’t realize that slip and falls on stairways have their own set of rules. Knowing what your rights are can help you ensure that you receive full compensation for your injuries. Let’s take a look at some of the key points you should know about personal injury stairway slip and fall cases.

The Duty of Care Owed by Property Owners

Property owners must keep their premises safe from hazards that could cause harm to visitors. This includes ensuring no broken steps or loose railings on stairways. If an owner knows or should have known about a potential hazard, they must address it as quickly as possible. Failure to do so may result in liability for injuries sustained due to the hazard.

Contributory Negligence Laws

In some states, contributory negligence laws will prevent an injured person from recovering damages if they were even slightly negligent when they suffered the injury. For example, suppose an individual was not paying attention while walking downstairs and suffered an injury due to a broken step. In that case, they may be barred from recovering damages under contributory negligence laws if it is found that their lack of attention contributed to the accident. Before filing a claim, make sure you understand the laws related to contributory negligence in your state, as this could have a major impact on your case.

Comparative Negligence Laws

Many states follow comparative negligence laws when it comes to personal injury cases involving slips and falls on stairways. Under this system, an injured person’s damages will be reduced by whatever percentage is deemed attributable to their own negligence in causing the accident or increasing the severity of their injuries. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you understand how comparative negligence works in your state so that you can maximize your recovery after suffering an injury due to someone else’s negligence.

Personal injury stairway slip and fall cases can be complicated, but understanding how these cases work can help ensure you receive total compensation for your injuries. It’s important to remember that property owners owe visitors a duty of care, including ensuring that stairs are free from defects or hazards that could lead to injuries or death. Additionally, ensure you understand any applicable contributory or comparative negligence laws before filing a claim, as these could significantly reduce any potential award amount depending on your case circumstances. If you need assistance navigating through these complex legal issues, consult an experienced personal injury attorney who can guide you on your rights and options moving forward after sustaining an injury due to someone else’s negligence.

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