Stairway accidents aren’t as common as other accidents, such as those involving automobiles, yet they still happen very frequently throughout Manhattan. If you were recently injured in one, you should continue reading and reach out to an experienced Manhattan slip and fall lawyer from our firm today. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What are the most common causes of stairway accidents in Manhattan?
Though many of us are guilty of simply not looking where we’re going, missing a step, and taking a spill, the truth is, a significant portion of stairway accidents are actually the fault of negligent property owners. Property owners owe it to pedestrians to keep their premises safe, and when they fail to do so, serious accidents can occur as a result. Some of the most common causes of stairway accidents that we see in Manhattan are as follows:
- Slippery surfaces, such as spills, left uncleared
- Weather-related hazards, such as ice or snow, left uncleared
- Missing steps
- Loose railings
- Poor lighting
- Inadequate security, allowing crimes to occur
- Broken steps
Who is responsible for a stairway accident?
If you were recently injured in a stairway accident, you are most likely looking to hold someone accountable for your injuries, as you should not have to pay your medical bills, lost wages, and more on your own. That said, to win a personal injury claim, you will have to prove that the property owner owed you a duty of care and breached that duty of care, injuring you as a result. Our firm can work to uncover a wide array of evidence to prove that you were injured as a direct result of a property owner who either knew or should have known about the unsafe stairway conditions but still failed to fix them timely. As long as we can do so, you should receive the compensation you need to heal.
How soon do I have to file a personal injury claim in Manhattan?
Depending on who owned the property, you may have anywhere between a few months and three years to sue. This is why it is always best to simply bring your claim to the attention of a competent Manhattan slip and fall lawyer as soon as you possibly can. Our firm is prepared to help you today. All you need to do is pick up the phone and give us a call.
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