Stairways are something that many people don’t really give a second thought to as they go up and down them each day. Some are longer than others, some curve or turn, and some are much more pleasant to look at, but for the most part stairways — or, more specifically, stair sets — are relatively similar. Builders must follow a rigid set of building codes to ensure that the tread depth and riser height are standard on each staircase that they build in order to keep them safe and consistent. Many slip and fall injuries are the results of code violations from things like unsafe tread depth, nonstandard riser height, or missing handrails, in addition to a number of other possible hazards.
If you have been hurt in an accident on a stairway at someone else’s property, then you may be the victim of a slip and fall that could entitle you to compensation through a premise liability claim or lawsuit. These lawsuits are intended to recover compensation for the damages that you have suffered as a result of the property owner or property manager’s irresponsible or reckless maintenance of their property or failing to warn you of an avoidable hazard. There are a number of ways that a property owner or manager can be found responsible for your injuries, and we will be happy to help you understand both your rights and your options before moving forward with a case.
Contact Fasig | Brooks For a Free Initial Consultation After a Stairway Injury
The team at Fasig | Brooks offers a free initial consultation for victims of personal injuries, and we will be happy to discuss your stairway accident during this consultation in order to understand more about the specifics of your situation and to provide you with some insight into how we can help you move forward from this unfortunate situation. The days and weeks following an accident are overwhelming, between calls from insurance companies, calls from the property owner’s legal team, and most importantly, the steps that you must take in order to make sure that you can recover from your injuries.
While you are trying to prioritize your injuries and your own needs, the stress from these other responsibilities and obligations can cause your stress to mount, especially if you are missing work and watching your medical bills pile up at the same time. This is why it is so important that you take advantage of this free consultation and learn about how we can help you with your case as soon as possible. Even the most cut and dried case will lead to the property owner’s legal team or insurance company taking every possible path to limit your settlement, and we will be pushing back every step of the way.
What To Do After a Stairway Accident
The following is an abridged guide for what to do after an accident. The most important thing to remember is that your medical needs are the top priority, and once addressed, one of the next important steps to take is to contact an attorney who can initiate your insurance claim on your behalf.
The first steps of a stairway accident are the same as any accident – call 911, get medical attention as soon as possible. By calling 911, you are dispatching police, fire, and EMT services to the scene who will be able to provide you with emergency care at the same time that the officer on the scene is able to take an accident report that will play a significant role in your upcoming case. The property owner may encourage you to avoid calling 911, but this is simply to cover themselves and the decision to not call them will cause issues throughout your case. It might feel uncomfortable or awkward to do it, but it is important that you call 911.
Get Medical Care
Getting treated at the scene is always helpful, but it is essential that you see your doctor immediately in order to get follow-up care and to further add to the documentation that will provide supporting evidence when you claim your injuries to the insurance company. Too often, victims of slip and fall accidents try to recover from their injuries on their own, only to find during their claim that the insurance company will do everything possible to avoid paying for an injury that they did not seek treatment for. See your doctor, and work with them closely.
Call a Lawyer
Once you initiate your insurance claim, things will start to move quickly. An insurance company’s main focus is to settle claims as quickly as possible, for as little as possible, and your claim will be no different. If you are not working with an attorney, the claims adjuster that you work with will go over every statement that you make, every piece of evidence that you submit, and every medical report that supports your injuries with a fine-toothed comb to find reasons to limit your claim, and will then push back aggressively when you try to make a counter-offer. All this, while you are recovering from serious injuries. Your attorney will handle all of this so that you can focus on your recovery.