Many of us use stairwells on a daily basis, either to get up to our apartments, in our work buildings, or otherwise. Most of us do not consider stairwells particularly dangerous, and fortunately, in most cases, they aren’t. However, sometimes, property owners may fail to ensure their properties are safe for all. When this happens, accidents can occur as a result. Continue reading and reach out to our experienced Bronx slip and fall attorney to learn more about stairwell accidents and how we can help if you’ve been hurt in one.
Common Causes of Stairwell Accidents
Stairwell accidents can happen for numerous reasons. At times, they are the result of a simple misstep, and not an act of negligence on the part of the property owner. However, often, these accidents are due to unsafe stairwell conditions that the property owner should have fixed. Some of the most common causes of stairwell accidents include uneven steps, missing steps, loose or defective railings, slippery surfaces, inadequate security allowing crimes to occur, and more.
What should I do if I’m injured on a stairwell?
If you are injured on a stairwell, you should document the incident and ensure that you call law enforcement and an ambulance to the scene. As long as we can gather and present sufficient evidence to prove that you were injured because the property owner knew or should have known about the unsafe stairwell conditions and failed to fix them, you should receive the financial compensation you deserve. Some of the most useful forms of evidence include:
- Pictures of the unsafe stairwell conditions
- Surveillance footage of the slip and fall
- Medical documentation regarding your injuries
- A copy of the police report filed at the scene of the accident
- Witness testimony corroborating your claim
Does New York have a time limit on personal injury claims?
Yes. The time limit for personal injury claims, also known as the statute of limitations, is three years in New York State. This means that anyone injured in an accident will have to take legal action within three years of the date of their injury. Our firm is here to help you today. All you have to do is pick up the phone and give us a call.
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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.