Defective Stairway Accidents in Gainesville, FL
Most people use stairways without thinking about the potential for injury. Our Gainesville defective stairway accident attorneys at Allen Law Firm, P.A., understand the dangers of stairs that are not properly constructed or maintained.
We have a hard-earned reputation for being fierce advocates for accident injury victims throughout the Gainesville, FL, area. When someone else’s negligence turns your life upside down, you can count on us to hold them financially accountable.
Our Gainesville personal injury attorneys have decades of experience recovering hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients. You, too, deserve compensation for your injuries.
If you were hurt in a defective stairway accident in Gainesville, Allen Law Firm, P.A. is standing by to talk to you. Call us at (877) 255-3652 and we’ll give you a free consultation to recommend options that will get your life back on track.
How Can Allen Law Firm, P.A. Help You After a Gainesville Defective Stairway Accident?
Falls on defective stairways in Gainesville, Florida, are no laughing matter. They can result in serious, debilitating injuries. Our Gainesville premises liability lawyers can help you navigate the complicated waters of the legal system.
In many cases, you’ll have to contend with the property owner’s insurance company to get your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. But don’t make the mistake of thinking they’re concerned about your health and well-being. Their goal is to pay you as little as possible or nothing at all.
Our attorneys and support staff have experience working in insurance defense. So when you hire Allen Law Firm, P.A. to represent you, you’re getting a team of attorneys who know exactly how insurance companies work. This gives you a tremendous edge during the claims process.
We’re known as relentless negotiators and fearless trial attorneys. If the insurance company doesn’t treat you and your injuries seriously, they know we’ll take your case to a jury.
When your medical bills are piling up and you’ve lost your income because your injuries prevent you from working, let us take the stress of dealing with the insurance company off your plate. Call us today for a free consultation and find out how we can make a difference for you.
Who Is Responsible for Injuries I Sustain in a Gainesville, FL, Defective Stairways Accident?
In Florida, property owners have a duty to protect guests and occupants from harm by maintaining their premises in a reasonably safe condition. This includes making sure that stairways are reasonably safe.
When a property owner violates this duty of care and it results in your injuries, the property owner may be liable. You would have the additional burden of showing that the breach of duty was both the cause in fact and the proximate cause of your injuries.
To establish cause in fact, you’d have to prove that if not for the breach, you would not have suffered harm. Proximate cause requires you to show that the property owner should have reasonably foreseen the harm.
To make stairways safer, property owners must comply with Florida’s building code. The code requires stairways to have the following features:
- Handrails on each side of the stairs
- Emergency electrical systems so if the building’s power goes out, the stairway is still illuminated
- Stair risers must be between 4 and 7 inches, with a depth of at least 11 inches
- Stair risers and treads must be uniformly shaped
If the stairway where you were injured did not comply with the code, the property owner may be negligent “per se.’ Under this rule, if the property owner violated a law or regulation that was intended to protect you from danger, it can be easier to argue they were negligent.
Proving the property owner was negligent can be a difficult task. Allen Law Firm, P.A. has the skill and years of experience you need in your corner. Call us for a free consultation so we can begin examining the facts of your case.
What Kinds of Injuries Are Common in Gainesville Defective Stairways Accidents?
No one is immune from injuries occurring on stairways. On average, over 1,000,000 people of all ages suffer stair-related injuries each year. While sprains and soft tissue injuries are the most common harm suffered in stairway falls, some more serious injuries include:
- Concussion or traumatic brain damage
- Broken bones
- Head, neck, and back injuries
- Damage to vital organs
- Internal bleeding
You may be suffering from any one of these injuries or even a combination. Stairway falls have the potential to cause tremendous physical damage. When a property owner fails to take proper measures to make their stairways safe, you shouldn’t have to suffer the financial fallout in addition to the physical and emotional.
If You’ve Been Hurt in a Gainesville Defective Stairway Accident, Call Allen Law Firm, P.A. for a Free Consultation
We use stairways just about every day without thinking about whether they’re safe to use. We rely on property owners to keep their stairways safe and up to code. When they don’t, they can cause serious injuries.
If you’ve been hurt in a Gainesville, Florida, defective stairway accident, turn to our trusted injury lawyers at Allen Law Firm, P.A. We’ll fight to get you the compensation you’ll need to heal from your injuries.
We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you can schedule your free, no-obligation consultation by calling when it’s convenient for you. When you hire us to advocate for you, you can focus on your physical and emotional recovery while we focus on your financial recovery.