When people go shopping or to their favorite restaurants, they do not think much about the stairs on the property. Most of us assume that steps and stairways are safe for consumers. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
Some commercial establishments contain unsafe, poorly constructed or even poorly designed stairways. A slip, trip or fall on a set of stairs can lead to catastrophic injuries. Many victims have suffered spinal cord damage and traumatic brain injury, not to mention broken bones and other harm, from a stair accident.
What hazards should you watch out for on stairs?
Commercial establishments contain many different stairways for customers and visitors to use. Regardless of the type of stairway you are using, be on the lookout for the stair injury hazards listed below.
- Broken, cracked or loose stair treads
- Stairways and steps covered in frayed or torn carpet
- Loose, defective, damaged or missing handrails
- Shallow stair treads that do not accommodate the whole foot
- Steps and stairways covered in ice, snow, water or algae
- Step risers that are too short or too tall
- Worn, loose, damaged or uneven steps
If you or someone you love has already suffered injuries from a stair accident, do not assume you have no options. If the property owner failed to address unsafe stairs or warn visitors of possible danger, you may have grounds to file a premises liability claim. The compensation you receive can help you manage the costs of your injury and keep your finances on track.
Learning more about New Jersey premises liability law can also help ensure you find a successful legal remedy.