New York City Steps and Stairs Injury Lawyers Helping Victims Get Financial Compensation
There are countless buildings in New York that have steps and stairways. Many times people opt to take the stairs instead of an elevator for health reasons or because they are in a hurry.
It is only natural to assume that the stairs are a safe alternative to elevators, but unfortunately, sometimes they are not. This is something our New York premises liability lawyers have seen firsthand. In the state of New York, it is the property owner’s responsibility to maintain the steps and stairways while keeping them in a reasonably safe condition.
Unfortunately, property owners do not always take that obligation seriously, and it leads to the unnecessary injury of innocent and unsuspecting people. There are many different conditions that can lead to serious injuries on unmaintained stairways and here at The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC, we have seen them all. As one of the most skilled law firms in the state, we have extensive experience in step and stair accident claims, and we will aggressively fight to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
What types of conditions lead to step and stair accidents?
There are many different types of conditions and circumstances that could lead to an accident or injury on steps or stairways, and most are avoidable with regular maintenance. Here is a list of the most common hazards on stairs that cause injuries:
- Poor lighting
- Broken steps
- Damaged carpet
- Cluttered stairway
- Broken railings
- Negligent design
- Substances on stairs
- Improper stair height
What types of damages can be awarded in a step and stair accident claim?
The types and amounts of damages that are awarded will vary with the severity of your injuries and the circumstances surrounding your case. Please keep in mind that every case is different and treated on an individual basis. However, some of the most common damages awarded in these types of claims include:
- Medical expenses – past, present, or future
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Loss of companionship
- Physical impairment
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
A step and stair injury lawyer from The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC, will work diligently to see that you are fully compensated for all of your losses. If you or a loved one has been injured because of an accident on steps or stairs that were poorly maintained, call us today. We have over a century of experience and a proven track record of success handling step and stair accident claims. Our highly trained attorneys will handle all of the legal rhetoric so that you can concentrate on healing.
Is there a time limit for filing a stair injury claim?
If you have been injured due to an accident on an unmaintained stairway, you have three years from the date of the accident to file a claim. While this is plenty of time to consider all of your options, you will want to move quickly if you are considering filing a claim.
The evidence necessary to prove your case is delicate and susceptible to disappearing. Over time evidence can be lost or forgotten, and witnesses can move making it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to prove your case. It is always best to snap a few pictures and get immediate legal counsel from an experienced attorney.
If your injury was caused in a municipal or government building of some type, then you only have ninety days from the date of the accident to file a claim. The rules are different with a state or city municipal entity. It is important that your attorney is well versed and experienced in all of the different laws pertaining to each type of injury. At The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC, our law firm can help ensure that the proper documentation is filed on your behalf in order to protect your interests and all of your rights.
Where do most step and stair accidents occur?
In New York, there are lots of buildings with steps and stairs all over the city. They are located within apartment buildings for people to move from floor to floor, and many buildings have steps outside leading to the entrance.
Entrance steps tend to be dangerous because of inclement weather. There are many times when they may ice over and become slippery.
Additionally, many retail businesses have steps inside which lead to offices and these steps can often be cluttered, lack handrails, and have inadequate lighting. It is highly probable that a large number of step and stair accidents go unreported annually.
Contact a NY step and stair accident law firm to learn more
Whether you were at a retail business, walking down the stairs in your apartment building, or using the stairs that are right out front, if you sustained an injury due to a step and/or stair accident, we are here for you. Please do not hesitate to call our office immediately if you have been the victim of an accident caused by unmaintained stairs, and sustained serious injuries.
You can contact us by calling the toll free number at (877) 675-4529 to set up your initial consultation, or you can fill out our simple consultation request form and we will reach out and get in touch with you shortly.