According to the National Safety Council, over one million people sustain injuries as the result of a fall on stairs. Falls in stairwells and on stairs represent the second most common cause of accident injuries behind car accidents and stairway related falls result on upwards of 12,000 deaths per year. You have the right to expect that property owners have inspected their stairways to make sure they comply with the law.
If you have been injured in a fall on stairs or within a stairwell, your injuries may be the result of negligence. And your injuries could be severe. Fractured arms or legs are common injuries sustained in a fall and the medical bills and lost wages resulting from this type of injury can add up quickly. Our law firm is here to help you in all phases of your case. Assuring that your medical bills are being paid and that you are provided access to the right types of medical experts is part of our job. We handle all phases of your injury case.
And unlike most car accidents, a slip and fall on stairs can be a very complicated case that requires the right type of lawyer. Property owners cannot ignore the duty they owe the public to make sure their stairs and stairways are safe and free of known hazards and are in compliance with local laws. Just some of the causes of stair-related falls are:
- Uneven or broken stairs
- Defective or missing handrails
- Lack of lighting
- Water leakage
- Improper construction and design
- Dangerously designed landing areas
These are just a few of the defects that could have caused or contributed to your fall. And, stairs and stairwells are present in a variety of settings. Whether in an office building, apartment building, the shopping center or a bar or restaurant, stairs and stairways have to be maintained properly for your safety.
The injury attorneys at Stein & Shulman have a combined 50 years of representing individuals that were injured in stair-related accidents. We have used the best safety experts from all over the country to provide expert opinions in support of our client’s lawsuits. The settlements we have obtained on behalf of our clients are high, and it is in part due to the credentials of our team of experts.
Acting fast is critical in all fall cases because the condition which caused your fall can easily be corrected or repaired in the hours or days after you fall. We need to get out there and take pictures of the condition and take measurements of the stairs, landing or hand railings. Our expert needs to understand and see the conditions as they were at the time of your fall.
Speaking with one of our attorneys about your stairway fall is free – take advantage of some free advice and hear what we have to say and think in response to the facts of your case. Don’t hesitate! Call us today. Let our lawyers and expert staff guide you through this time when acting fast and aggressively is critical. We are here to help you and can be reached 24 hours a day at 312.422.0500.