Slips and falls can lead to serious injuries. However, when these falls happen on staircases, the results can be debilitating, and in some cases, fatal. While such accidents can happen due to carelessness, there are some avoidable causes that result in legal liability for the property owner. Here are some reasons you can file a claim against the property owner who has a faulty staircase.
Slippery Surfaces at The Top of The Stairs
This is one of the most common reasons why most people slip and fall down staircases. If someone mopped at the top of the stairs and failed to put up a sign indicating the floor was wet, chances are you may slip and tumble down. Also, the material of the floor may affect the grip it provides to people who walk on it. For instance, a highly polished tile floor, can be more slippery than a wooden one.
Lack of Handrails
Handrails are a part of a staircase for a reason. They provide a solid grip to hold onto and help us maintain our balance as we climb the stairs and come down them. If a staircase does not have handrails, your chances of tumbling down them are imminent. In fact, if these are not installed properly or are made from low quality material, you may sustain serious injuries if you unknowingly place your entire weight on the handrails.
According to Wisconsin Legislature, except for spiral stairs, staircases have to measure at least 36 inches in width. Following these standards is important when it comes to preventing stairway accidents. If these measurements are ignored during construction, the property owner can face a lawsuit if someone falls on their stairs.
Falls on these types of staircases are likely because any difference in depth and height of stairs can make a person lose their balance. As such, the property owner has to take responsibility for their injuries because of their negligence.
If you or someone you know has sustained serious injuries in a slip and fall case involving a staircase or any surface, get in touch with the Law Offices of John V. O’Connor today. You deserve skilled legal representation during this difficult time and to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. We offer services to residents in Kenosha, WI, and are known for our dedicated, responsive and compassion nature. We use a personalized approach to get to know our clients to ensure their rights and interests are always protected.