Defective Stairwell Design

The climate in Southern California is rough on buildings. Regular maintenance and inspections are required to ensure that building components continue to function and remain safe for use.

Stairwells are one of the most dangerous areas of a building. Every year, thousands of Los Angeles area residents trip, slip or fall on stairs. Although most stairwell accidents involve minor bumps and bruises, falling down a flight of stairs can also result in severe, career-ending personal injuries.

The law firm of
Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, handles stairwell accident cases. Our experts will inspect a staircase and determine whether a building owner or operator was negligent or failed to maintain a stairwell.

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

Attorneys at our firm can also determine whether the construction or maintenance of a stairwell violated building codes and investigate the involvement of all potentially liable parties.

Stairwell Falls And Back Injuries

Stairwell accidents may cause back injuries that can result in chronic medical conditions that make it hard for a California resident to perform normal daily activities such as work and exercise.

Many types of back injuries could arise out of a stairwell fall, including sprains, herniated disks and fractured vertebrae. Back injuries may result in significant pain and limit a person’s mobility.

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.

Building Code Violations And Stairway Injuries

Building code violations are a 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.

If you or a loved one was injured in a stairway fall, call our firm at 310-576-1200 or
send us an email. We are based in Santa Monica and handle defective stairway lawsuits throughout Southern California, including Irvine, Glendale, Huntington Beach, Riverside and Orange County.