Property owners have a duty of care to anyone who visits their properties (with permission). This duty requires them to reasonably care for and maintain the property, and it extends to all parts of the property, including stairwells.
Stairs can be dangerous by their very nature. However, when stairs become unreasonably dangerous, this is when property owner’s have a duty of care to protect those lawfully on their premises. At Pullano Siporin, our team has decades of combined experience in the field of personal injury. It is our mission to be your unyielding legal advocates and to seek maximum compensation for the injuries you’ve suffered as a result of the defendant’s negligence.
Issues with stairwells that lead to accidents can include:
The standard for premises liability cases is that the property owner must take “reasonable” actions to ensure the safety of people using the property. If the property owner knew or should have known about unsafe conditions but failed to take appropriate action to address them, they could be liable in an injury claim.
For example, when buying a property, an inspection is usually conducted. If the inspector identifies a hazardous condition with the stairwell, recommends it be remediated and the property owner fails to do so, then the property owner can be legally liable when and if a person subsequently falls down the stairs and sustains injuries. property owners may be liable for accidents caused by insufficient lighting if they knew the lack of lighting was unsafe and failed to either change a light bulb or add additional lighting fixtures.
No. There can be multiple parties held responsible for a person’s injuries. Sometimes liability may fall on an architect that designed the stairwell against building codes. Sometimes liability may fall on the construction contractor that did not install the requisite handrails. Sometimes property managers responsible for ensuring lighting conditions in exterior stairwells can be liable. Sometimes it can be a combination of all these entities that are legally responsible. This is why it is important to hire experienced lawyers who can properly work up your case so that all responsible are held to account for your injuries.
Our team is committed to working closely with our clients to deliver them the personal, attentive service they deserve. We are judicious with the cases we take on so we can always guarantee maximum devotion to our clients. Once we begin working with you, we carefully analyze all the details of your case and tirelessly work to build up a case that will maximize your chances of a strong recovery.