At Levin & Malkin in Hackensack, New Jersey, we fight aggressively to win compensation for victims of staircase slip and fall accidents that have resulted from another’s negligence. While some stairway accidents result from a simple misstep, clumsiness, lack of caution, or a medical event on the part of the injured party, too many are caused by broken or poorly maintained stairs. If you have suffered serious harm due to another person’s negligence, our skilled staircase slip and fall accident attorneys are well-prepared to assist you in obtaining justice.
Types of Negligence that Result in Staircase Slip and Fall Accidents
According to the CDC, well over a million patients suffer stair-related injuries annually, making such accidents statistically second only to traffic accidents in frequency. Staircase accidents occur both outdoors and indoors, on steps made of concrete as well as wood or metal, on steps slippery with snow or plush with carpeting. In a great many cases, the stairways on which accidents occur exhibit one of the following risks due to negligence:
- Broken or uneven steps
- Broken or loose banisters
- Torn carpeting or jagged tiles on the stairway
- Stairways with obstructive, often barely visible, objects
- Iced or snowy stairways that have not been properly cleared
- Highly polished steps that are slippery
- Stairs with no supporting banisters
- Unlit or dimly lit staircases
Dangerous stairways can be anywhere, and sometimes a single unmarked step is enough to send a person hurtling toward severe injury.
Injuries You May Have Suffered in Your Slip and Fall Staircase Accident
Unfortunately, it is possible to fall down a number of steps or even to slide down an entire staircase, which may lead to multiple injuries. Depending on the angle at which you fall and what you hit, you may suffer one or more of the following:
- Bone fracture
- Deep cuts and bruises
- Ligament or tendon damage
- Nerve damage
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
In worst-case scenarios, victims of staircase accidents may end up paralyzed by a spinal cord injury or with cognitive or behavioral impairment due to a TBI. In some cases, the victim of a staircase slip and fall accident may tragically suffer a wrongful death.
In New Jersey and throughout the country, owners are responsible for keeping their property safe. If the owner of a staircase on which you fell and were hurt can be proven to have failed to perform proper construction, maintenance or repair, that person or entity may be held liable for damages. Billions of dollars are spent annually in this country to pay for injuries caused by staircase slip and falls that happen in a wide variety of locations, including:
- Apartment buildings
- Department stores
- Office buildings
- Parking garages
Depending on the circumstances of your staircase slip and fall accident, the insurance company of the property owner may be liable for damages. It is also possible that a third party may be held accountable, such as a contractor who did shoddy work or used inferior materials, or a cleaning company that left washed stairs wet without providing signs of warning or cordoning off the slippery steps.
How Levin & Malkin Can Help You Win Damages
Whatever your particular situation, our astute staircase slip and fall accident attorneys will take care of all of the following while you rest and recover:
- Handling all negotiations with insurance adjusters and opposing attorneys
- Investigating the site of your accident and photographing evidence
- Examining police records and medical data
- Interviewing witnesses
- Seeking experts in related fields (construction, medicine) who may testify on your behalf
Above all, we will provide you strong legal representation both in and out of the courtroom. Aware that the physical and emotional trauma you have experienced is likely matched by financial distress since you are incapacitated and probably without income during this terrible time, we will charge you no attorneys’ fees until we win you damages.
We Will Fight to Obtain Maximum Damages for You and Your Family
For more than 40 years, Levin & Malkin has had a high rate of success in providing personal injury victims with the compensation they need to move on with their lives. Depending on your particular circumstances, we will seek a settlement or verdict that will cover:
- Medical and rehabilitation costs
- Lost income, present and future
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability
- Extended nursing care
- Alterations to your home to make it accessible
- Permanent scarring or other disfigurement
- Loss of consortium
- Replacement services for tasks you can no longer perform
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If you and your family are bearing the awful burden of having lost a loved one to wrongful death, we will work resolutely to get you reimbursed for final medical expenses and funeral costs. If the situation warrants, we will also fight to win you compensatory noneconomic damages for lost financial and emotional support.
Seriously Injured in a Staircase Accident? Contact Levin & Malkin Today
Our attorneys have impressive credentials, in-depth knowledge of state and federal law, and nearly half a century of experience. Besides having won millions for our deserving clients, we have a well-earned reputation for strong, compassionate legal representation. We will provide you with the personal attention you need and deserve. Call us now and let us begin working to bring you justice and secure your future.