Massachusetts Stairway Fall Attorneys
Falls down stairs can cause serious injuries or even death. More than a million people in the U.S. are injured in this type of accident every year, according to an article in Reuters. People of all ages visit emergency rooms for injuries sustained in stairway falls.
Most adults weigh more than 100 lbs. When you fall down a stairway, all your weight falls with you, and the forces of gravity increase the impact upon landing. Instead of landing once, you may bump down a series of steps with sharp edges, potentially suffering injury at every bump. Stairway falls are likely to cause serious injuries, such as a broken neck, back, or hip.
Stairway falls have different causes, many of which result from property owner negligence. Many of these accidents are caused by overstepping – when you cannot identify the front of the tread and step into open space – or by slipping. A fall down the stairs can be caused by:
- Slippery steps
- Poor lighting
- Broken or collapsing steps
- Missing or broken handrails
- Design defects, such as steps of uneven height
- Torn carpet
- Worn nosing treads (on the rounded edge of the step)
- Objects or debris left on the stairs
- Snow, ice, or water on steps
Falls on stairs can lead to various types of injuries, ranging from minor to fatal. Thousands of people die from falls on stairs and steps every year. Frequently injured areas of the body include the head, neck, and lower extremities. Common injuries in stairway fall accidents include:
- Fractures of the legs, ankles, and feet
- Wrist and hand fractures
- Spinal injuries
- Deep lacerations
- Broken neck or back
- Hip fractures
- Traumatic brain injury
- Facial fractures
- Sprains and strains
- Soft tissue injuries
Customers, clients, and guests invited to a property have a right to expect reasonably safe premises. Negligent property owners may be held liable for stairway fall accidents if a hazard on the property caused the fall. This applies to private home owners, as well as to commercial and business property owners and managers. If property owner negligence caused your stairway fall, you may be able to seek compensation from the responsible party.
Your best chance of prevailing in a personal injury claim for compensation is to have an experienced Massachusetts personal injury lawyer representing you. The party from whom you are seeking to recover damages will almost certainly be represented by attorneys for that party’s insurance company. Dealing with a liability insurance company without the benefit of experienced legal representation puts you at a distinct disadvantage. Our firm has the knowledge, skills, and resources to effectively pursue the compensation you deserve for serious injuries caused by someone else’s negligence.
We have extensive experience handling personal injury matters. Our firm was founded in 2007 and founding attorney Christopher DiBella has been practicing since 2004. He has been listed among Massachusetts Super Lawyers®, named among the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40, and rated 10.0 by Avvo. We have a successful track record winning substantial settlements and awards for our injured clients.
If you have been hurt in a stairway fall caused by the negligence of another, contact us at (978) 327-5140 to schedule a free consultation. We can discuss the facts in your premises liability case and what damages you could be entitled to claim.