Defective Stairwell Design

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Defective Stairwell Design Accidents in Los Angeles

Fighting for Compensation after a Slip and Fall Injury

Stairwells are one of the most dangerous areas of a building, unless they are properly maintained by management. Every year, thousands of Los Angeles area residents trip, slip or fall on stairs due to defective stairwell design. Although most stairwell accidents involve minor bumps and bruises, falling down a flight of stairs can also result in severe, life-altering personal injuries.

At Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, our attorneys can handle stairwell accident cases. When you need to pursue compensation for injuries, our experts will inspect a staircase and determine whether a building owner or operator was negligent or failed to maintain a stairwell.

Call us at (866) 634-4525 or contact us online today to get started with a claim in Los Angeles, Southern California, or beyond. 

Common Stairwell Fall Injuries

Although stairwell falls can cause a range of injuries and chronic conditions, it’s most common for these accidents to cause serious back and spinal cord injuries, as the spine may easily become mis-aligned during a serious fall.

Common back injuries sustained in stairwell falls include:

  • Sprains
  • Herniated disks
  • Fractured vertebrae
  • Limited mobility
  • Strains
  • Fractures

Strains and factures are often not immediately apparent after a stairway fall. Back injuries can slowly worsen over time, which is why it is important to seek proper medical attention after a fall. Linking a latent injury to a fall can also be challenging. It is important to consult with an experienced personal injury firm that can clearly explain the medical evidence that links your back injury to your fall.

Types of Stairwell Accidents

Our team handles all types of stairwell-related personal injury cases, including those involving:

  • Stairwell collapses
  • Broken stairs
  • Wet or slippery stairs
  • Faulty guardrails
  • Debris on the stairs
  • Uneven planks
  • Rust or dangerous metals
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Irregular or uneven stairs
  • Worn carpet

Property owners have a responsibility to maintain their property and avoid any of these conditions. When reviewing your case, our attorneys will determine whether there was a problem with the construction or maintenance of a stairwell – and investigate the involvement of all potentially liable parties.

Building Code Violations

Building code violations are another huge cause of many stairway accidents. Local building codes exist precisely to prevent foreseeable stairway injuries and landlords who fail to adhere to building codes may be liable for all injuries associated with improperly maintained facilities.

Common stairway building code violations in the Los Angeles area include:

  • Improper stairway height
  • Uneven stair height or depth
  • Improper stair height or depth
  • Lack of handrails
  • Improper handrail height or width

The Southern California law firm of Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, handles stairwell accidents involving negligent building owners. Our law firm has obtained more million-dollar verdicts than any other firm in the state, and we believe that our work is essential to improving the safety of buildings throughout the region.

Call (866) 634-4525 today to reach our Los Angeles firm.



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    Several partners are active members in the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, with attorneys Browne Greene, Bruce Broillet, and Christine Spagnoli named “Trial Lawyer of the Year."

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