New York Stairwell Fall Accident Attorneys
Falls, slips, and trips are the number three cause of workplace injuries in the United States, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). There could be many causes of a stairwell fall in the workplace, including human error due to carelessness, clumsiness, or distraction when people underestimate the dangers that they can possess. However, there are many instances of stairwell fall accidents that are due to issues with staircase design or another person’s negligence.
When working in or around stairwells in New York, accidents can occur and they can cause devastating injuries for construction workers, even fatalities in severe instances. Even if the accident does not result in death, construction workers may be left with lifelong injuries that can negatively impact a worker’s ability to work. Whether it be for a few months during recovery, years of rehabilitation, or forced early retirement due to injury, construction site accidents can negatively affect construction workers’ livelihoods and ability to earn a living for their families.
If you or your loved ones have been injured in a stairwell fall accident in New York, contact us at (212) 779-0057 to speak with a knowledgeable attorney about your legal rights and options in this situation.
Causes of Stairwell Fall Accidents in New York
It is the responsibility of the building owner or property manager to maintain safe walking conditions for all stairways.
Some common stairwell fall accidents are due to:
- Worn or slippery surfaces, including carpeting and hardwood
- Outdoor stairs that are icy or wet
- Damaged or broken steps
- Lack of proper illumination
- Broken or damaged railings or handrails
- Dangerous, unstable or broken risers
- Trips over items such as debris or tools
Contact a New York stairwell fall accident lawyer of Hach & Rose, LLP, by calling (212) 779-0057 today if you have any questions or need legal advice.
Common Stairwell Fall Accident Injuries
Stairwells can be a hazardous place for workers who clean and maintain staircases, as well as workers who utilize the stairwells to go from floor to floor during the course of their workday. Workers can fall up to 12 feet down a staircase, causing multiple points of impact on the way from one staircase landing to another.
Common stairwell fall accident injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Blunt force trauma
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Tissue damage
- Neck and shoulder injuries
- Sprains, strains, and tears
- Soreness and pain
- Cuts, lacerations, and punctures
- Bruises and contusions
Even a seemingly minor accident may cause more serious complications months or years down the road, so it is essential to seek medical care following the incident to ensure that you do not have more severe unknown injuries or internal bleeding that are not visible. These medical records are also important to obtain when pursuing a legal case against the construction company in the future. If you were injured in a stairwell fall accident, you may be able to file a claim against the building owner.
You May Be Able to Recover Damages for Your Stairwell Fall Accident
If you or your loved ones have been injured in a stairwell fall accident in New York or New York City, you may be able to recover damages due to:
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
- Lost limbs
- Permanent injury or disability
- Physical therapy or rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages
- Current and future medical bills incurred
- Wrongful death
- Funeral costs
If you suffered injuries due to a stairwell fall accident at work, the building owner or another negligent responsible party may be liable for your pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost wages, among other expenses that may have been incurred after your injury.
Building owners and property managers are responsible for maintaining safe stairwell conditions for their properties, including ensuring proper lighting, handrails in good working condition, clutter and debris free walkways, and dry and clean stairwells.
It is your responsibility to prove liability and identify the issue that caused the stairwell fall accident. In some instances, the victim must prove that the building owner, property management company, homeowner’s association, developer, corporation, retail store, tenant, or other negligent party had notice of the issue, ignored said issue, and did not take reasonable steps to remedy the issue. The victim must provide that the negligent party was responsible for maintaining the stairwell and was negligent in doing so.
An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you determine if you have a case against the building owner or employer for injuries sustained. Contact a New York workplace accident lawyer of Hach & Rose, LLP, by calling (212) 779-0057 today if you have any questions or need legal advice. Our lawyers are experienced at understanding laws in New York and understanding your legal rights after a personal injury.
We have received millions of dollars for clients who were injured in stairwell fall accidents in New York. Our notable awards related to stairwell fall accident cases include:
- $900,000 for a worker who fell due to improperly and insufficiently illuminated stairwell.
- $750,000 for a plumber when he fell down a staircase due to an unsecured floor covering.
- $375,000 for a municipal employee injured when he slipped on stairs that had just been mopped and there were no warning signs posted.
- $180,000 for an operating engineer who was injured when he fell down a staircase while in the course of his employment.
Our attorneys have been able to successfully obtain personal injury awards worth millions of dollars for other injured New Yorkers who suffered injuries in stairwell fall accidents and may be able to do the same for you if you’ve been injured in a stairwell fall at work in New York or New York City. Contact a New York stairwell fall workplace accident attorney of Hach & Rose, LLP, by calling (212) 779-0057 today.