A woman from Bronx was walking down the stairs in her apartment building when she slipped, tripped and fell due to construction left-over debris left on the stairway. She broke ankle that required extensive surgery. The woman asked a personal injury lawyer to represent her in an effort to collect compensation for her injuries. The case was a success as she was awarded the sum of $350,000. The settlement enabled her and family to relocate to a safer building in Florida.
Another young girl from Bronx tripped and fell on the staircase of her apartment building due to of a broken step that was not repaired for a long time. She injured her tibia and fifth metatarsal. The defendant landlord refused to negotiate for a settlement so her parents hired a legal counsel to represents them. After the jury deliberated for one hour, they returned a verdict finding defendant solely responsible for the fall and awarded the girl a total amount of $560,000 for past and future pain and suffering.
Falls on stairway or stairwell lead to catastrophic injuries. Usually they caused fractures and head contusions that can be extremely painful aside from losing wages, paying for expensive surgery and embarrassment & suffering.
In general, it is the duty of both businesses and individuals to look after the safety of their premises and/or warn them in case of existing danger. Failure to do this may lead to liability.
In a recent case in Pennsylvania, our client who resided in New Jersey was attending a conference at a Lancaster County hotel. As she was going down the stairs, she tripped due to the nosing at the top stair was loose and it was proven to be in this condition months prior to the accident.
Photos of the nosings in the stairway showed that the hotel tried using different screws and nails to keep the nosing in place. The plaintiff’s heel got caught on the loose nosing and she fell all the way down the entire flight, suffering injuries that ended her career.
Another stairway accident in Pennsylvania involved the tenant living in a large apartment complex. While he was carrying laundry on the way to the basement laundry room, the stairway collapsed under him. He sustained severe head injury that ended his career as a construction worker. Prior notice regarding the presence of mold growth at the base of the stairs that created its instability had been forwarded to the landlord and property maintenance company.
In another stairway incident, a Philadelphian was going a flight of marble stairs when she slipped and sustained internal knee injury. There was water accumulation on the stairs due to faulty drainage system.
In every case of slip and fall, it is important to prove that the case was an accident. Photos showing the defective condition of the venue may be the key to a successful stairway accident case.
If you have been the victim of a slip and fall, don’t delay in contacting us. It is crucial to get this type of claim started in a timely manner, because evidence can often disappear or be covered up in the aftermath of a slip and fall. Contact your slip and fall attorneys and he/she will want to get started right away in order to collect evidence and interview witnesses before they begin to forget. In addition, there are also strict deadlines for filing a slip and fall claim no matter where you live.
Source: Nolo Com