can cause small or medium injuries like a sprained ankle or broken arm to more severe back or spinal cord injuries. The severity of the fall is a factor in proving the injuries caused by stairway accident but the liability of the owner of the premises is also an important element when making a claim
The owner of the premises is generally the one liable for stairway accidents
unless the victim was using the stairs in an inappropriate manner. One of our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys
can help you gather the evidence needed to prove liability for your slip and fall injuries that took place on stairs.
Liability for stair accidents
Proving liability for stairway accidents
will often include the need to show that the owner of the premises where the accident took place was negligent
. This is established by showing that he or she has an obvious duty of care, failed to provide said care and thus directly caused the injury. The victim will also need to show through undeniable evidence that the injuries were sustained in the accident and not in another situation. Violations of the building code, such as improper stair height or depth and improper handrails or the absence thereof can also be causes for stairway accidents and should be researched with the help of an expert.
Liability for stair accidents can be shown by proving that the owner/a responsible employee knew about the hazardous condition of the stairs and did nothing about it or that the owner/employee was the one to cause the dangerous condition. Failure to properly signal a hazardous area, like a slippery surface, can also be held against the owner of the premises.
Compensation for stairway accidents
Victims that have been injured by tripping or slipping on stairs can claim compensations for their injuries and/or the material damages. It is common for the plaintiff to ask for compensation for the medical bills associated with the treatment of the injuries.