Multiple level properties are always an attractive option for families looking for a new home, or businesses looking to expand their company. Multiple floors allow properties to be constructed on a smaller parcel of land while making the best utilization of space. However, along with the multiple levels comes the unfortunate impact of defective stairs on the property. While this is principally a concern of older properties which have not been adequately repaired, some newer properties may also contain defective stairs as a result of shoddy craftsmanship. An Omaha defective stairs attorney can help.
How Common are Defective Stair Accidents?
Many of us walk up and down the stairs on a daily basis, sometimes purposely taking the stairs to become more physically fit. We do not take the stairs anticipating a terrible accident to occur. However, a report issued by the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital found that every six minutes, a child under the age of five is injured by falling down the stairs. In just a ten year time period, nearly 100,000 children were taken to the hospital as the result of injuries sustained by falling down the stairs.
Unfortunately, many of these injuries occur while parents are carrying their child up or down the stairs. It is easy to see how easy a stair injury can occur on stairs without defects, but defective stairs make any injury that much more catastrophic. If you are a parent carrying down a newborn baby down a set of stairs only to have one of the steps give way, the results can be terrifying.
As a parent, the safety of stairs is often of utmost importance when visiting a different property and you often go through extreme cautions in new stair situations. However, it is difficult to perceive hidden defects lurking in the stairs which are often due to wood decay or the craftsmanship of the stairs.
Defective stairs can take many forms, including:
- Rusty nails
- Old wood
- Incomplete repairs
While potential property owners must go through an inspection prior to the purchase of a new property, there is no requirement that property owners maintain an ongoing current inspection. Therefore, wood may slowly be rotting away without a property owner’s knowledge and can lead to terrible injuries given the right circumstances.
Property Owner Liability
A property owner is typically held liable for any injuries which occur on their premises, including injuries caused by defective stairs. Injuries from stairs can take many forms, but often involve a fall from a high locations, and can lead to the following:
A victim may file a claim for all corresponding damages which will cover medical expenses, lost wages, and related damages. A Omaha personal injury lawyer can help you collect the evidence you need to get started.
The Knowles Law Firm | Omaha, Nebraska
If you or a loved one have been injured due to defective stairs, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys of the Knowles Law Firm. Our attorneys have years of experience in handling all types of personal injury claims, including those caused by defective stairs. Defective stairs are unfortunately more common than you would think and can cause extreme injuries to anyone on the staircase as well as those to people below the staircase. Contact our Omaha, Nebraska office today for your initial free consultation.