Many people use stairs every day, and rarely do they ever fall, if ever. Unfortunately, when property owners fail to exercise caution and ensure their stairwells are reasonably safe of all potential hazards, people are often injured as a result. If you have been injured in a stairwell accident, please read on and speak with our experienced Pennsylvania premises liability attorneys.
How do staircase accidents happen?
Staircase accidents almost always happen as a result of negligence. Some of the most common causes of staircase accidents are damaged or loose steps, missing stairs, unevenly spaced stairs, faulty handrails, and more.
What should I do if I have been injured in a staircase accident?
The first thing anyone should do after being injured in an accident is call the police. Not only will they send an ambulance to assist you, but they will also document the facts of the incident as it happened, which, if you file a personal injury claim, you may use as evidence. Next, after calling the police, you should ask anyone who saw the accident for their contact information, as they may also corroborate your story if need be.
Lastly, though certainly not least, you will have to hire an attorney who is capable of proving that you were injured because a property owner either knew, or should have reasonably known about the safety hazard present, failed to address the problem, and that you were injured as a result. To do so, your attorney will work to obtain evidence, such as surveillance footage of the accident.
How long do I have to sue for an injury in Pennsylvania?
When people are injured in Pennsylvania, they have a certain amount of time to file a lawsuit, known as the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Pennsylvania is two years, which means that you have two years from the date of your accident to pursue legal action against a negligent property owner. Though two years may sound like plenty of time, the truth is, the sooner you bring your case to our attention, the better. If you wait too long to file your claim, you will be barred from suing, no matter how badly you truly need financial compensation. Our firm is ready to begin the claims process today.
Contact our experienced Pennsylvania firm
There is nothing worse than sustaining injuries at the hands of a negligent party. Now, you must recover physically, and you must also find a way to pay for your recovery. This is why if you or someone you know has sustained injuries due to another party’s negligence, you must contact the Law Offices of Ilkhanoff & Silverstein today. An attorney who is willing to fight for your right to a smooth recovery can make all the difference.