A modern, sunlit staircase with glass railings ascends diagonally from left to right. The sunlight highlights each step, creating a sharp contrast with the shaded areas, which underscores the importance of caution to prevent stairwell accidents. A partial wheelchair accessibility sign is seen in the bottom right corner.

If you do not have time to wait for the elevator, you may find yourself racing up the stairs. Other times, people choose to take the stairs as a way to get in some more steps. Sometimes, the stairs are simply the only option. But, taking the stairs can be more dangerous than you may even realize. When stairways are not maintained, serious accidents can occur. Read on to learn more about stairwell accidents in Pennsylvania and what to do in the event that an injury occurs.

How do Stairwell Accidents Happen?

Stairwell accidents are almost always 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 do I do if I am Injured in a Stairwell Accident?

If you have been injured in a stairwell accident, be sure to take the following steps:

  1. Call 911- The police can send an ambulance and file an accident report.
  2. Document the scene- Take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident. If possible, document the hazardous conditions that caused the accident to occur.
  3. Obtain witness contacts- If anyone saw your accident occur, they may be able to corroborate your version of events.
  4. Seek medical attention- Going to the hospital immediately after your accident will ensure that your injuries are treated by a medical professional while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injury.

How Long do I Have to File a Claim?

An injury can take a major toll physically, mentally, and financially. If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, there is a good chance that you are entitled to recover compensation to help ease these burdens. In order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to file your claim on time. In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally two years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within two years will likely mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you need and deserve to heal.

If you have been injured in a Pennsylvania stairwell accident, reach out to our firm today.


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