According to figures released by the National Safety Council (NSC), falls on stairways were the third leading cause of accidental death in the United States last year.
Without proper yearly maintenance and safety precautions, stairs can be inherently dangerous.
The New York, Stamford and White Plains stairway accident lawyers in our offices have over 25 years experience dealing with all of the most common causes of falls on stairs, including:
- No railings
- Inadequate railings
- Uneven stairs or risers
- Bad lighting
- Lack of warning signs
- Slippery conditions
- Worn treads
- Loose carpets
These dangerous conditions can result from inadequate repair, maintenance, poor design or just basic wear and tear.
The Law imposes a duty on landlords and building managers to maintain stairs in their buildings in a reasonably safe condition for the use of tenants as well as visitors. Accordingly, we will
Our New York stair accident lawyers have experience representing clients in municipalities like Yonkers, Mount Vernon, Valhalla, West Harrison, Port Chester, Ossining, Rye, Mamaroneck, Tarrytown, Elmsford, Greenburgh and Irvington and the New York Boroughs like Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn and our stair accident lawyers in Stamford have experience representing clients in municipalities like Danbury, New Haven, Meriden, Fairfield, Norwalk, Westport, Cos Cob and Old Greenwich.
Each of these jurisdictions have their own unique codes requiring certain minimum safety standards for stair and railings.
Those codes, like the NYS Stair Code and the Connecticut State Building Code, contain minimum safety requirements that building owners and landlords must meet including, without limitation:
- The number and height of hand rails
- Width of stairs
- Stair risers
- Stair treads
If a landlord or building owner fails to meet these minimum safety requirements and someone is subsequently injured on his stairs, the landlord or owner may be held strictly liable for the resulting injury.
Accordingly, if you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a fall down a stairway, call our New York stair accident lawyers immediately. The call is free and our attorneys are available 24/7.