Hazardous Steps and Stairwells
Most people do not think about the potential dangers of taking the stairs. However, steps and staircases can be highly dangerous in the event that stairs collapse or if a person trips and falls over a dangerous or unmarked stair. Slip and fall accidents can cause serious injuries to victims, including broken bones and head injuries that may require extensive and long-term medical treatment.
An accident can occur on a step or in a stairwell for a range of reasons, including:
- Steps that are too steep or too narrow
- Wet or slippery steps
- Hazardous steps that lack proper warnings
- Lack of adequate railings
- Lack of upkeep or maintenance
If steps and stairwells lack proper maintenance, upkeep, and warnings, they can become hazardous for anyone who uses them.
Depending on the particular circumstances of a slip and fall accident on stairs, different parties may be held liable for a victim’s injuries. Property owners have a basic legal responsibility to ensure that no guest to their property is at risk of injury. If a person is injured on someone else’s property, the property owner or manager may be held liable for that person’s injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a hazardous step or stairwell, the owner of the property where your injury occurred may be responsible for your injuries and medical costs. To learn more about your legal rights and options, contact an Iowa trip and fall lawyer from LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling 877-327-2600.