Walking often involves going up and down staircases.Many office buildings, warehouses, apartment complexes, and other buildings have stairwells that people frequent. Unfortunately, staircases have often been involved in many fall accidents. While some fall injuries have been due to a person’s own clumsiness or loss of balance, other staircase accidents have been caused from poor conditions or a defective design of the steps or stairwell.
All stairwells and handrails need to be kept up in order to ensure the safety of those who enter the premises. However, many stairwells have become dangerous due to broken stairs, missing or broken handrails, and poor lighting—resulting in slip and fall accidents.
Because the owner of a building assumes responsibility to keep the premises, including a staircase, safe and free from hazards, he, she, or the responsible company could be held liable when a hazardous condition causes a Roswell slip and fall accident and injury.
Injuries that occur from unsafe stairwells include:
- Broken bones
- Pelvic fractures
- Hip fractures
- Tailbone injuries
- Knee and leg injuries
- Arm and wrist injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Head trauma
- Herniated discs
- Brain injuries
Any type of fall on a staircase has the potential to cause any one of the above listed injuries, disabilities, or even death. If you or a loved one has been injured by a broken stair, defective step, dangerous stairwell, broken hand rail, or dangerous condition such as poor lighting or cluttered stairway, your injuries could be the fault of a negligent property owner, management company, or property possessor.
If you were injured on someone else’s property—residential or commercial property—you need to talk with an experienced Roswell slip and fall accident attorney to find out if you have a potential claim for your damages. A skilled attorney will be able to determine if there was a building code violation, poor design, inadequate lighting, or broken stair that caused your fall injury.