Additionally, the dangerous condition relating to the stairway may violate the building code. In such cases, you may bring a negligence per se claim against the at-fault persons. In order to show that the at-fault persons are negligent, your slip and fall attorney must establish the following:
However, the insurance company lawyer may argue that your own negligence caused or contributed to your fall and injuries, and therefore, you should be partially or fully liable for your injuries and damages. This is why it is important to hire an experienced slip and fall attorney, who will conduct a thorough investigation, including but not limited to obtaining site inspections with an expert, maintenance records, surveillance videos, and prior complaints regarding the dangerous condition; and talking to other tenants regarding the dangerous condition.
Slip and falls on stairways often result in significant injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, bone fractures, spinal cord injuries, and death. Victims of these slip and falls are entitled to compensations for their injuries. If you are injured in a slip and fall, you may recover compensation for the following:
Slip and falls may also result in the fatal loss of a loved one. In such tragic circumstances, the surviving heirs can file a wrongful death lawsuit. In a wrongful death case, the decedent’s surviving heirs include the decedent’s spouse, domestic partner, and children. The decedent’s parents and stepchildren may file a wrongful death action if they can show that they were financially dependent on the decedent.
Generally, lawsuits must be filed within the applicable statute of limitations. Slip and fall cases must be filed within two years from the date of injury. If the plaintiff fails to file their lawsuit within such period of time, his or her case will be dismissed by the Court. As such, you should immediately contact a slip and fall attorney after your injury occurs.