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How liability is decided for injuries from steps and stairways

A minor slip or trip on a stair or step could lead to a major injury if you're not careful. Unfortunately, not every building structure is maintained properly. This could lead to a premise liability lawsuit, where a building owner is legally accountable for your injuries. However, this process first involves proving negligence and fault.

Step and stairway dangers

Steps that pose a threat to your safety include those that are uneven. Perhaps the construction of these walkways is not yet finished. It could also be that the area is not marked off, prohibiting foot traffic. It is also dangerous when there is an unexpected step in a store that either goes down or up. There should be a sign in a visible place warning people to watch their step.

Stairways have their own unique potentials for slip and fall accidents. You will want to watch out for faulty handle railings, poor lighting, and unfixed damaged stair steps. Another potential hazard that could cause your injury is the treading on stairs. If they are slick or do not offer enough traction this could be a liable cause for injury.

Taking action for injury compensation

If you find you are the victim of an injury caused from a step or stairway, there is help. You should acquire medical attention right away. Remember to document and take as many notes and photos as possible to support your legal case. Compensation through a legal settlement can potentially cover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering as a result. Be mindful of the dangers of stairs and steps, but also prepared to seek defense for compensation owed.


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