If you or someone you know sustained injuries in a stairway fall in Pennsylvania, you might be eligible to pursue a payout to cover your expenses and losses. At Berger and Green, our attorneys have worked with hundreds of individuals hurt in a stairway slip and fall accidents. Many of these cases involved improperly designed, constructed or maintained stairs.
Our team can evaluate the facts of your case today. We may be able to take legal action on your behalf, going after the compensation you deserve for the injuries you suffered. Call or text 412-661-1400 today for your free, no obligation consultation.
Common Causes of Stairway Falls in Pittsburgh and the Surrounding Area
Stairs are an everyday part of life, and we do not think anything about going up or down them at hospitals, businesses, work, school, or in residential areas such as someone’s home. But when stairways are not adequately designed, constructed, or maintained, falls may occur.
Let us review your case. You may be eligible to pursue damages if you fall occurred because of:
- Poor lighting
- Frayed carpeting
- Broken or missing handrails
- Non-uniform stairs
- Inadequate tread depth or riser height
- Broken stairs
- Spills or other slip hazards
Stairs naturally increase the risk of falls, but that does not mean every fall — or even most falls — that occurs on a staircase is the result of someone not paying attention while walking or being clumsy. If you fell while ascending or descending stairs in Pittsburgh or surrounding areas, it pays to let a personal injury attorney review your case. Berger and Green can get started today. All you have to do is call 412-661-1400.
Berger and Green Can Explain Your Rights and Pursue Compensation on Your Behalf
At Berger and Green, we have decades of experience navigating the claims process for accident victims like you. Attorney Laurence B. Green has worked for more than 40 years to protect the rights of our clients and help them pursue a payout to cover their damages. If you sustained injuries in a staircase fall in Pittsburgh or greater Allegheny County, call or text us today at 412-661-1400.
Property Owner Liability in a Stairway Fall Case
It is always a property owner or occupier’s responsibility to keep their property safe. If they are aware — or should be aware — of a hazard that could cause an injury and they fail to fix it, they may be liable for any injuries that occur. Our team can investigate your case and look at all the various factors that determine when a property owner may be liable.
You Have Rights as a Pittsburgh Accident Victim
If you suffered stairway fall injuries on someone else’s property, we may be able to identify the hazard or defect that caused you to slip or trip. If we can show the property owner failed to act or was otherwise negligent, you may be able to recover compensation. Do not assume you fell because of something you did.
Reach out to our team and let us review the facts of your accident and injuries today. We can investigate your fall and identify any potentially liable parties. Let us take legal action on your behalf. If you suffered permanent or long-term injuries in your fall and now cannot work, we can also help you apply for Social Security Disability benefits.
Recoverable Damages After a Slip and Fall Accident Stairway Fall
The Berger and Green team will complete a thorough investigation of your accident and injuries and develop a solid argument for why you deserve a payout. We will collect proof of negligence and liability, as well as prove your damages. Then, we will attempt to negotiate an out-of-court settlement or file a personal injury lawsuit.
If we are successful in recovering compensation on your behalf through either of these channels, you will receive compensation that represents your related expenses and losses. Commonly, this includes:
- Medical treatment costs
- Ongoing or future care, if necessary
- Prescription drug costs including painkillers
- Mobility devices such as crutches, walkers, canes, and wheelchairs
- Property damages including broken glasses or smartphones
- Lost wages and benefits
- Diminished earning capacity
- Out-of-pocket expenses, such as for your broken eyeglasses
- Pain and suffering damages
- Mental anguish
- Wrongful death damages, if your loved one passed away from their injuries
Pennsylvania Limits How Long You Can Wait to Take Legal Action After Staircase Fall Injuries
Under Pennsylvania law, we only have two years from the date of your fall to pursue compensation from the property owner through a civil suit. If we do not file a personal injury lawsuit in civil court by the second anniversary of your accident and injuries, we will not be able to later. This means you could lose the right to fight for compensation for your injuries.
We may be able to settle your case without taking it in front of a Judge, but it is important that we retain the right to do so. Knowing we can exercise this option often provides the incentive the property owner and their insurer need to offer a fair settlement agreement in this type of case.
They are aware that we can take them to court if they refuse a fair settlement. They know going to court could cost much more than a negotiated agreement.
Talk to a Slip and Fall Attorney in Pittsburgh
If you or someone you know suffered injuries in a stairway slip and fall accident, a defective or poorly maintained stairway may be to blame. If we can show the property owner was aware of the hazard or should have been aware of it, we can pursue compensation on your behalf. We may be able to negotiate an out-of-court settlement or file a personal injury lawsuit.
Contact one of our personal injury attorneys today to review your rights. Call 412-661-1400 for your free consultation with a member of Berger and Green’s slip and fall accident team.