Stair Injury Liability Lawsuits in Wisconsin
Suing for Injuries Caused by Slip and Fall Accidents Down Stairs
According to statistics from the National Safety Council, there are over a million accidents every year involving falling down stairs. Of those, 12,000 result in death—half of which occur in the home.
The majority of stair-related injuries are sustained by young children. It’s a widely reported statistic that every six minutes, a child under the age of 5 is rushed to the emergency room after falling or slipping on stairs, whether they were running or simply tripped. Although youngsters are more flexible than adults, falls on stairs can still cause serious injury to children. When an elderly person falls on a staircase, the injuries are usually much more severe. Even a fall down a few steps can result in traumatic injuries:
- Head injury
- Broken arm
- Broken leg
- Knee or foot injury
- Back pain
- Hip injury
- Injured hamstring or ACL
If you or someone in your family has fallen down stairs and been injured, you may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit to recoup your medical expenses, lost time from work, and any ongoing therapy you may need. Our Madison personal injury attorneys are here to help secure the restitution you deserve.
The Legal Aspects of Stair-Related Injuries
Stair-related injuries are generally considered “slip and fall” accidents. This makes a case involving such injuries a premises liability issue. In order to prevail in a lawsuit, it is necessary to show liability for the fall. To do so, one of the following conditions must be proven:
1. The property owner or an employee did something to make the stairs unsafe. This could include spilling something on the stairs which made them slippery, leaving an irregular surface unrepaired, failure to install lighting or a handrail, failure to remove items on the stairs which could be tripped over, and failure to remove water, ice or snow.
2. The property owner or an employee was aware of a hazard on the stairs but took no action to correct it.
3. The property owner or an employee could have reasonably been expected to be aware of the problem which caused someone to fall.
The bottom line is businesses and homeowners alike have a responsibility to keep stairways as safe as possible. When falls on stairs are caused by a failure to do so, the injured party has every right to seek compensation for the injury.
Lawsuits involving falling up or down stairs often require research into building codes and expert witnesses who can identify problems which may not be readily apparent. Besides having our own on-staff investigator, Warshafsky Law will bring in experts whenever necessary to bring clarity to the court.
Getting Maximum Compensation for Your Stair-Related Injury
The personal injury attorneys of Warshafsky Law have a long history of securing record-setting awards and settlements for our clients. In many cases, known as Society Changing Judgments, entire businesses and industries have had to make substantial changes in their operations, for the benefit of society at large. If you or a loved one has been injured falling down stairs, our slip and fall lawyers will fight for the compensation you deserve while also forcing negligent homeowners and business owners to keep their premises safe.
INJURED? It IS About The Money.®
One thing that sets Warshafsky Law apart from other Madison personal injury law firms is our willingness to take every case to trial. Unlike many personal injury lawyers who are quick to accept lowball settlements from big insurance companies without ever setting foot in a courtroom, we prepare every case from day one as if it will be heard by a judge and jury.
Sure, it requires a lot more work to take a case to trial. But it has been proven over and over again that the only way to secure the dollars our clients deserve for their injuries is by being ready, willing and able to take a case to court—and even to appeals court, if necessary.
With our Madison personal injury lawsuit attorneys in your corner, you can rest assured you not only have people who are looking out for your best interests, but who are also willing to fight for them.
The Best Personal Injury Lawyers in Madison, At No Upfront Cost to You
If you have a legitimate case for seeking damages for slipping down stairs, Warshafsky Law will represent you with no retainer fee and no legal costs to you whatsoever until your case has been resolved through either adjudication or settlement. With our Madison personal injury attorneys, you not only get the best legal minds in Madison working for you, you get them without having to risk a cent of your own money. And in the unlikely event there is no financial compensation in your case, you don’t owe us a thing.