Falls from staircases are actually common accidents that occur in Florida and throughout the U.S. Sometimes staircase falls are the result of someone loosing their balance, and other times these falls could be the result of a negligent owner of the building.
Staircase Falls are Frequent Slip and Fall Accidents in Florida
For example, there are common areas of an apartment complex that are under the management and owner’s control to maintain properly. This means that apartment complexes need to take care of maintenance issues and fix common areas when they find out about a hazard.
When a broken stair or loose railing is discovered on the property, it should be fixed immediately so that no one gets injured in a Florida apartment slip and fall accident. If the property owner was aware of the hazardous condition of the staircase but did not repair it or warn people about the dangerous condition, then he could be held liable for the injuries that you or other victims may have suffered.
Types of Injuries Suffered in Staircase Falls
When a staircase fall occurs, people usually fall backwards or forwards injuring their ankles and legs leading to broken bones, fractured ribs and hips and other serious injuries. Depending on the nature of the fall, sometimes victims’ heads are also injured leading to head trauma and concussions. In traumatic cases, victims of Florida staircase falls have even suffered brain injury, spinal cord injury, or even death.
If you suffered any type of injury in a slip and fall accident on a stairway, you may be entitled to compensation under Florida premises liability law if you can prove these three things:
- The property owner should have known about the safety hazard because another person could have located the problem and taken preventative steps to correct the problem.
- The property owner was aware of the danger but didn’t repair it or warn people about it.
- The property owner was responsible for the unsafe and hazardous condition.
Staircases in office buildings, shopping malls, parking structures and other public places are other dangerous spots that these types of Florida staircase accidents often occur. The property owner should be held responsible for the maintenance of the building and common areas.
If you have been injured in a staircase slip and fall accident in South Florida, please call experienced Fort Lauderdale slip and fall lawyer David Benenfeld for a free legal consultation at [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″].