You probably don’t think much about it when you go up or down a staircase at your apartment, store or another location. However, every staircase you encounter presents a serious risk.
The risk is that you will slip, trip or fall. While some accidents may be caused by someone who isn’t paying attention to what they are doing, others are caused by poor maintenance, leading to serious damages and defects.
In these cases, if you slip, trip or fall, you may be able to file a premises liability lawsuit against the property owner (or the entity in charge of stairway maintenance). Some of the most common maintenance issues that result in slips, trips and falls are found here.
No railing or a broken railing
Having something to hold on to going up and downstairs is a huge part of avoiding a fall. Most building codes also require that all stairwells have grab bars or handrails in place. If these are missing or damaged, and a slip, trip or fall accident occurs, the person in charge may be considered liable.
In the dark, stairwells pose a serious threat. It’s up to building owners and managers to ensure adequate lighting is provided for the entire length of the stairwell to help prevent accidents.
Uneven or damaged steps
Regardless of if the stairs are made of wood, tile or another material, damage can occur. Uneven steps, broken steps and similar issues may cause someone to slip, trip or fall and suffer a serious injury.
What are your options?
You have rights if you are injured because of a damaged or unmaintained stairwell. It’s a good idea to learn what these are and explore your legal options to ensure you can recover from your injuries.