Representing Clients Injured by Unsafe Stairs or Railings
Stairwell accidents can cause serious injuries, whether a person tumbles down a flight of stairs or trips while walking up. If not designed, constructed, or maintained in compliance with applicable building codes, stairs can be dangerous and can cause an unsuspecting person to fall and sustain significant injuries.
At Sullivan & Brill, LLP, we have been successful in holding property owners accountable for injuries caused by dangerous stairs or steps. Our personal injury team, led by partner Joseph F. Sullivan, has obtained many settlements and verdicts for premises liability, including stairway defect cases.
We represent injury victims across New York City, including Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island, and Long Island, as well as in Puerto Rico.
Property owners have a legal duty to keep their premises up to code and safe for patrons, tenants, and visitors. Sullivan & Brill, LLP has the proven ability to hold owners accountable for negligence in the upkeep of steps and stairways.
Accidents can occur due to:
- Stairway collapse
- Broken or worn-out steps
- Improperly repaired steps
- Stairs not built to code (uneven treads)
- Unexpected step-ups or drop-offs
- Icy steps or other slipping hazards
- Torn rugs or carpet runners
- Missing or loose handrails
- Poor lighting
Accidents on stairs can result in back injuries, hip fractures or broken legs, tailbone injuries, ankle or knee injuries, arm or wrist fractures, as well as shoulder injuries from trying to break the fall. We work closely with clients to detail damages for medical bills, future surgery, lost income, lasting disability, and pain and suffering.
Prompt and Thorough Investigations
Our premises liability lawyers work swiftly to document the hazardous condition, locate witnesses and obtain other evidence such as maintenance and inspection records, code violations, or prior lawsuits. We can pursue a premises liability claim against owners of apartment buildings, bars and restaurants, retail stores, and other commercial properties, and we are prepared to go to trial if necessary to hold landlords and premises owners accountable.
We offer a free consultation and we work on a contingency basis – no attorney fees unless we recover compensation.