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What are the Common Causes of Stairwell Accidents in New York?

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If you were injured in a stairwell accident as a result of a property owner’s negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact our firm today to speak with one of our skilled New York personal injury attorneys about the specifics of your case. Our firm is dedicated to ensuring that you receive the compensation you deserve.

How do stairwell accidents occur in New York?

Stairwell accidents can occur for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, individuals can get injured due to their own carelessness. More commonly, however, is due to property owner negligence. A property owner has a duty to ensure that their property is safe. If they fail this duty, someone can get severely injured as a result. Some of the most common causes of stairwell accidents include the following:

  • Insufficiently lit stairwells
  • Damaged stairs
  • Uneven spacing between steps
  • Defective or broken railings
  • Lack of security

Can I pursue legal action after my stairwell accident?

It is important to gather as much evidence as possible following your stairwell accident. If you are able, take these steps after your accident:

  • Call 911 – the police will file an accident report and dispatch an ambulance to the scene of the accident.
  • Take photos and videos of the scene of the accident and be sure to include the hazardous conditions that caused the accident in addition to the injuries you sustained as a result.
  • Collect contact information from any witnesses to the scene of the accident. They may be able to confirm your version of the accident.
  • Seek medical attention and make sure that your injuries are properly treated. Ask your doctor for medical documentation that points to the origin and severity of your injuries. This will be important supporting evidence in your future personal injury claim.
  • Contact our firm and retain the services of an experienced New York personal injury attorney to help you obtain more evidence that can improve your legal claim. A lawyer will also be able to walk you through the claims process and ensure you have promptly met all of the important deadlines.

How long do I have to file my claim?

The state of New York has a statute of limitations of three years for most personal injury claims. This means that if you fail to file your stairwell accident claim within three years from the date of your injury, you will likely lose the chance to recover the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to get started and ensure that you are promptly filing your claim.

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