Many of us go up and down staircases every day, whether for work, school, or otherwise. This is part of the reason why we rarely expect anything to go wrong. Unfortunately, staircase accidents happen more than you may think, and if you have been injured in one, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation. Please continue reading to learn more about how our experienced Pennsylvania premises liability attorneys can help.
What are the most common contributing factors to staircase accidents?
Though most stairwells are safe for all who use them, if they are insufficiently maintained, there is a very good chance an accident will happen as a result. Some of the most common causes of staircase accidents include broken or missing handrails, damaged steps, unevenly spaced (or missing) stairs, insufficient lighting in the stairwell, and more.
Am I qualified for financial compensation after being injured in a staircase accident?
When you are injured in a staircase accident, you will need an attorney to determine the party responsible for your injuries. In most cases, you will have to prove that a landlord or property owner’s negligence directly contributed to your accident, which is not always easy. To satisfy the burden of proof, your attorney will work to obtain various types of evidence, including surveillance footage of the accident, pictures of the unsafe stairwell conditions, and medical documents, to name a few.
Additionally, you should keep in mind that it is always good practice to be very careful about what you post on social media after filing your claim. Insurance companies may be monitoring your accounts to look for anything you post that may even slightly contradict your claim. If they find something, even if they take it out of context, they may use it against you. Do not let this happen. Once you speak with our firm, we will coach you through every step of the claims process.
How long do I have to sue another party for an accident?
The statute of limitations in Pennsylvania for premises liability lawsuits is two years. This simply means that individuals who have been hurt in staircase accidents have two years from the date of their accident to take legal action against a negligent party. If you wait any longer than two years, you will most likely be barred from suing. It is always best to bring your case to our attorneys’ attention sooner, rather than later. We are ready to fight for the compensation you need.
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Friedman Schuman is an experienced and dedicated legal resource for clients throughout Pennsylvania. We proudly serve clients facing a wide range of legal matters. If you require the services of an effective attorney, please contact Friedman Schuman today to schedule a consultation.