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I fell down stairs at my friend’s apartment complex. I believe the staircase is hazardous. What should I do?

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It is important that you seek medical care for your injuries as soon as possible after your staircase fall. Also, if you are physically able to do so, take pictures of any noticeable dangers. If people saw you slip and fall, ask for their contact information in case you need witnesses for a potential premises-liability case.

Sometimes it can be difficult to determine if there is a defective design or defect with the stair. For this reason, you should contact a skilled Peachtree City slip-and-fall attorney to investigate your concern. Having a professional inspect the staircase for hidden dangers and defects can help prove if you have a legal claim for your Georgia slip-and-fall injuries. There are certain regulations stairs have to meet. Building codes often require handrails for stairs and that the height and depth of the stair is set at a specific requirement. When stairs do not meet code, or if poor construction or maintenance contributed to the fall, you most likely will have a slip and fall claim for your injuries and damages.

If, after a professional inspection, it is determined that there was a defect with the staircase or that there was a code violation, the property owner will most likely be responsible for your medical bills, lost income, and other losses you incurred due to your injuries. Sometimes contractors or other third parties are found liable. Because slip and fall claims can be complex, it is critical that you contact a premises-liability attorney as soon as possible after your fall to hold the negligent party accountable. You can reach the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 for a free, no-obligation consultation. 

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia