In New York City, thousands of people ascend thousands of stairwells every year as they go to work, school, the upper level of a shopping center, and other locations essential to daily life. It is the responsibility of property owners in these buildings to keep the stairs in reasonably safe condition by carrying out regular repairs and removing hazardous obstacles. When management becomes negligent in their responsibility to the public, serious slip and fall accidents can occur.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, nearly 30,000 people are killed in falling-related accidents in the United States every year. Many of these incidents take place in stairwells that have been compromised by:
- Broken and/or uneven steps
- Staircases covered in rubbish and other debris
- Broken or faulty handrails
- Dim lights in the stairwells
- Stair edges that are difficult to see
- Water and melted snow
- Steps without anti-slip surfaces
As the statistics suggest, people can be killed by a slip and fall incident on the stairwell. Other injuries include but are not limited to:
- Severe bruising and pulled muscles
- Broken bones
- Dental injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
For the property owner to be held legally responsible for your injuries, the following circumstances must be true:
- The building owner or a representative such as an employee caused the dangerous situation, such as spilled water or a discarded object, to be on the stairwell.
- They knew about the potential danger but did not take actions to make the stairwell safe.
- They should have known about the dangerous situation because any reasonable person would have discovered and dealt with it.
The construction company may also be at fault. Like every state, New York has building codes that property owners must follow, such as handrails for certain types of stairs, maximum and minimum vertical and horizontal heights for each step, and the maximum variance from one step to another. If the building where you were injured was not built according to the correct specifications and you were hurt as a result, then the parties who designed and / or built the stairwell may be held responsible.
If you have been injured on a stairwell due to someone elseâ€™s carelessness or negligence, then contact a New York personal injury attorney who will work closely with your medical treatment team to secure all evidence concerning your injuries, determine their severity and extent, and demand full compensation for you. Your attorney will also retain accident investigators to pinpoint what caused you to trip and fall and, consequently, hold the negligent parties responsible so that you may be compensated for:
- Emergency medical treatment and ongoing medical costs
- Rehabilitative treatment expenses such as physiotherapy
- Loss of income if the injury left you unable to work
- Pain and suffering
Slip and fall injuries are painful and can take considerable time to heal. A personal injury attorney can get you the compensation you are entitled to so that financial worries are minimized while you recover. You may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, medical bills and past and future pain and suffering. Call Jayson Lutzky, P.C. at 718-514-6619 to set up a complimentary consultation with attorney Jayson Lutzky. He has helped recover millions for his clients over the past 33+ years. Visit www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com to learn more.