There are few feelings more frightening than when you miss a step or otherwise have your center of gravity rapidly thrown off. Unfortunately, oftentimes, stairway accidents occur because of property owner negligence, and if you were injured because a property owner failed to maintain a safe premises, you should strongly consider speaking with a knowledgeable New York City slip and fall lawyer today. Please read on and reach out to our firm to learn more about these accidents and how our firm can help if you’ve been injured in one. Here are some of the questions you may have:
How do most stairway accidents happen?
Stairway accidents can occur for several reasons, and at times, they are simply the result of a pedestrian losing his or her balance and taking a spill. That being said, they are also frequently the result of unsafe stairway conditions. Property owners are legally obligated to ensure their stairwells are safe for all who use them, and if you were injured because of an unsafe stairwell, you may be entitled to compensation. Some of the most common unsafe stairwell conditions our firm sees are as follows:
- Broken stairs
- Broken or loose railings
- Missing steps
- Insufficient lighting
- Lack of security
What should I do if I’m hurt in a stairwell?
If you are hurt in a stairwell, you should take the following steps to increase the chances of you winning a future personal injury claim:
- Call the police to the scene and notify the property owner of your injury.
- Take pictures of the unsafe stairwell conditions that caused your accident.
- Ask anyone who saw your accident for their contact information.
- Ensure you receive medical treatment as soon as possible.
- Retain the services of a knowledgeable New York City slip and fall lawyer who can do everything in his power to obtain all additional evidence needed to prove your personal injury claim.
How long will I have to file a personal injury claim in New York State?
The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York State is, typically, three years, which means that all those who’ve been wrongfully injured will only have three years from the date of their accident to take legal action against the liable party. Waiting any longer than three years can result in the injured party being barred from suing. Our firm can help you today.
CONTACT OUR EXPERIENCED NEW YORK CITY FIRM
Our entire legal team is dedicated to providing the advice you need and the personalized attention you deserve. If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, call 212-421-0300 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation with a New York City personal injury lawyer. You may be entitled to financial compensation, which can help you on your road to recovery.