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Stairway Falls and Landlord Liability

There are thousands of apartment buildings in Delaware and Pennsylvania, with even the smallest containing a myriad of hallways and staircases, and the owners of apartment buildings and complexes are responsible for maintaining the building’s various components, including the stairways.

Thousands of people slip and fall on stairs every year, while some of these falls are due to human clumsiness, others are due to poor maintenance. If you’ve had an accident in your buildings stairway, the property owner may be responsible.

Unsafe stairway conditions include:

  • Poor lighting in stairwells
  • Debris or clutter on stairs
  • Broken or cracked stairs
  • Spills on stairs
  • Slippery finish on stairs
  • Lack of handrails
  • Broken or inadequate handrails
  • Improper stair height or depth
  • Uneven stair height or depth
  • Ice or snow on stairs

If one of the above conditions exists, the property owner may be legally responsible to you for the injuries you have suffered if:

  • The property owner or an employee caused the slippery/dangerous surface or item to be underfoot (by causing the spill, mopping the floor, causing the worn or torn surface, etc.); or
  • The property owner or an employee knew of the dangerous surface but did nothing about it; or
  • The property owner or an employee should have known about the dangerous surface because a “reasonable” person taking care of the property would have discovered and removed or repaired it.

Some defects in stairs may remain hidden even after an accident, so it is important to contact an experienced attorney to determine if you have a personal injury claim. At The Law Office of Michael J. Hood we have focused our practice on the needs and rights of personal injury and wrongful death victims in Delaware and Pennsylvania since 1982. We know that an accident can bring anxiety and uncertainty. We take a direct approach, learning as much as we can about your accident, as well as your goals, so that we can give you a timely and accurate assessment of the potential value of your claim, as well as your prospects for success. We will keep you fully informed of all developments in your case, as well as your options, so that you can make good decisions about how to proceed.

Contact Attorney Michael J. Hood

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