If stairwells are not properly maintained, a task as simple as walking up the stairs can become extremely dangerous. Read on to learn more about stairwell accidents in New Jersey.
Who is Responsible for a Stairwell Accident?
In New Jersey, property owners have a legal obligation to keep the premises safe at all times. Failing to do so can result in serious injuries. In order to recover compensation for a stairwell accident, you will have to prove that the property owner was aware of the hazard that caused your accident and failed to fix it, or that they reasonably should have known about the hazard.
How do Stairwell Accidents Occur?
Stairwell accidents can be caused by various factors, including:
- Uneven spacing between steps
- Insufficiently lit stairwells
- Damaged stairs
- Defective or broken railings
- Lack of security
What do I do if I am Injured in a Stairwell Accident?
If you have been injured in a stairwell accident, you will have to provide proof that your accident was caused by another party’s negligence. In order to do so, you should call 911 right away. This police will send an ambulance and file an accident report. You should also seek medical attention. If possible, take pictures and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur. Many people attempt to avoid the hospital and recover on their own, but this can have serious repercussions. Visiting a doctor will ensure that your injuries are properly treated, while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Be sure to ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents- These documents can play a major role in a personal injury case.
How Long do I Have to File a Claim?
In order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to file your claim on time. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations is generally two years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within two years will most likely mean losing the opportunity to recover compensation. Reach out to an experienced attorney who can help make sure you don’t miss any important deadlines.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a stairwell accident, our firm is here to help. Reach out to speak with an experienced and dedicated attorney.
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