Any sort of fall or slip accident needs to be taken seriously, but on stairs, the falls can be particularly painful and devastating. This is especially true when a person falls down the stairs from a great height. As a result, victims may sustain broken bones, sprains, bruises and/or cuts. If you or a loved one have sustained injuries in a South Florida stairway accident, please read on, then contact an experienced Miami stairway accidents lawyer today.
How do you sustain injuries in a stairway accident in South Florida?
Sometimes a person simply missteps and that results in them falling down the stairs. In other instances, problems on the property may have led to the fall down the stairs. Such problems include:
- Slippery or wet steps: Moisture of any kind on a step or a landing makes it more likely for a person to lose his or her footing and fall while walking on the stairs.
- Uneven steps: If steps are unevenly spaced, slanted or surfaced, a person may experience issues with his or her balance and fall.
- Lack of a banister: A banister is key to stopping falls from happening, but when a staircase or stairwell lacks a banister, otherwise preventable falls may occur.
- Poor maintenance: Steps, rails, banisters and other structures along a stairway need to be sound in design and construction. Poor maintenance compromises the integrity of these structures, making it more likely that people will fall and injure themselves.
- Bad or insufficient lighting: If a staircase or stairway is dark or the lighting is dim, a person may wind up losing his or her footing or missing a step, increasing the risk of falling and injuring themselves.
Who do you sue for a stairway accident in South Florida?
Property owners are liable for stair accidents in the same way they are liable for slip and fall accidents in general. However, for a property owner to be legally responsible for the injuries you suffered from slipping or tripping and falling on someone else’s property, you must prove one of the following:
- The owner of the premises or an employee caused the spill, worn or torn spot or other slippery or dangerous surface or item, to be underfoot.
- The owner of the premises or an employee knew of the dangerous surfaces but did nothing about them.
- The owner of the premises or an employee should have known of the dangerous surface because a “reasonable” person taking care of the property would have discovered and removed or repaired it.
If you have any further questions or would like to discuss the specifics of your case, please reach out to a skilled Miami slip and fall lawyer as soon as possible.
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