Faulty Step Slip and Fall Cases

Slip and Fall Injuries Due To Faulty Steps

In the following educational legal video, dedicated Hamburg slip and fall lawyer Daniel J. Chiacchia explains what’s important to know about a faulty step slip and fall cases.

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We’ve handled quite a few claims involving defective staircases. In fact, we’ve had a couple faulty step slip and fall cases recently that almost mirrored each other. Several factors must be considered, including whether the stair treads are uniform. In other words, is each step the same height as the one before it? Sometimes, we see deviations where one step is nine inches high and the next only seven inches high. Other times, staircases are too narrow or the railings aren’t graspable. When I say graspable, I mean that you should be able to grab a hand railing and get a strong grip by putting your hand far enough around it to secure your hold. Many times, we see railings that are inadequate, and some of that causes clients to fall.

You’ve seen those railings that look like a 2×6 or 2×4 – and I know people think they look kind of cool – but people need something they can grab onto to prevent themselves from falling. Let’s face it, any number of things can happen on staircases. For instance, there could be slippery substances on the stairs that can cause people to fall. It’s important to make sure that, when someone is about to slip and fall, they can at least try to prevent their fall. If the railing isn’t sufficient, that’s not going to work.

Our Hamburg slip and fall attorneys consult with several experts to help us with those cases and, over the years, we’ve gained a wealth of expertise about what to look for with stairways. If we can’t get an expert out there right away, we go to the site ourselves to take pictures and measurements, check railing heights, look at the stair tread, and evaluate the widths and heights. We also make sure to note whether there’s a slip-resistant surface on the stairs. All of those factors come into play when determining whether or not someone was negligent or responsible for your injuries.

If you are on someone else’s property and injure yourself as the result of a dangerous condition, the landowner or business proprietor may be liable for your injuries due to premise liability. Let our experienced injury attorneys in Hamburg, NY fight for you. We treat your case and your injuries seriously and do everything in our power to bring you relief.

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