If the stairs were in violation of a building code or considered to in a “dangerous condition”, you can sue the landlord and/or the management company for injuries sustained as a result of falling off stairs.
Apartment Staircase Conditions that Could Lead to a Lawsuit
There are a variety of conditions that could lead to a staircase being dangerous. These conditions could include but are not limited to the following:
- They did not comply with building code and other ordinances
- Lacked adequate lighting
- The surface of the staircase was slippery
- The staircase had uneven stairs/steps
- Lacked a handrail or the handrail
- Insufficient rail guards (too low)
- Debris / objects in the stairwell that block path
- Worn out / buckled carpeting
Injuries from Falling Down Stairs
Staircase accidents can be extremely dangerous. There are a number of injuries that could occur. Some of these accidents include but are not limited to the following:
- Head and Brain Injuries – Brain injuries, concussions, contusions, and skull fractures
- Neck Injuries – Muscle strains, sprains, soft tissue injuries, torn ligaments, broken upper cervical vertebrae and other upper cervical injuries
- Back Injuries – Back sprains, back sprains, fractured vertebrae, broken or damaged ribs, slipped or displaced disks, spinal cord injuries
- Wrist and Forearm Injuries – Dislocated wrist, broken or fractured bones, sprains and strains
- Ankle Injuries – Sprained or strained ankle, torn or ruptured achilles tendon, broken bones
- Leg Injuries – Broken or fractured bones, dislocations
- Dislocations Injuries – Due to the forceful nature of falls, joints becoming dislocated.
- Broken Bone Injuries – Broken bones from falls are extremely common
In personal injury cases it is your burden to establish the elements of a premises liability claim. In doing so, you will have to answer the following questions:
- Did the landlord know that the staircase was in a dangerous condition?
- What steps did the landlord take to fix the dangerous condition?
- Were there prior accidents involving the same defect?
Answers to these questions will help determine your chances of prevailing in a personal injury case.
See “types of damages covered by slip and fall compensation” for further information.
The good news is that a knowledgeable slip and fall attorney will can ask the right questions and gather the evidence you need to get compensation for your injuries.
If you have sustained an injury as a result of a dangerous condition, it is imperative that you document the accident location. This can be easily done by taking lots of pictures of the accident location and the defect that caused you to fall.
It is equally important to immediately contact a premises liability attorney to help you get money for your injuries.
When choosing an attorney, make sure he or she has had previous experience in handling premises liability claims. We have already discussed the number one reason slip and fall cases are unsuccessful, explaining how unprepared and inexperienced lawyers can fail their clients.
If your accident happened in California and you have questions regarding your accident, feel free to call (213-891-0777) or email me for a free consultation.