Falls down stairs happen. If a person is seriously injured on a staircase that was not properly equipped with handrails, you can pursue a personal injury claim. If this has happened to you or someone you love within the last two years, you may still have time to pursue legal action against the negligent party that caused your staircase accident.
Continue reading to learn what you need to know about determining your case’s viability, your rights to compensation, and how to get started on your accident claim.
Missing or Broken Handrails Make Stairways Unsafe
According to a publication on Pubweb.com, more than a million United States citizens fall victim to stairwell injuries each year. With such alarming numbers of staircase fall accidents, you would think that more security and safety precautions would be taken for public staircases and stairwells. But unfortunately, these types of accidents are still happening year after year, and at shocking rates. For innocent victims of staircase falls and injuries, there should be simply no tolerance for this type of negligence.
If you fell down a flight of stairs because of broken, defective, or missing handrails, you deserve to be compensated for your subsequent damages and losses. Your injuries have likely caused you to incur a long list of financial losses, such as hospital bills, medical expenses, lost wages from missing work, and even fuel costs for driving to and from treatment or rehabilitation. Then there are non-economic damages that many slip and fall victims experience, like pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of future work abilities, permanent disfigurement, disability, and more.
Stairwell Building Codes for Indiana
There are specific building codes that all public and commercial properties must adhere to at all times. Although these building codes vary from state to state, most are congruent across the board on the most basic requirements for stairways. Staircases are required to meet certain measurement criteria, such as landing clearance, riser height, handrail heights, handrail sides, number of handrails, and more.
For instance, here in Indiana, the maximum riser height must be 8 ¼ inches, and the highest riser cannot be bigger than the smallest riser by more than 3/8th of an inch. In Indiana, handrails cannot project more than 4 ½ inches on either side of the stairway, and at minimum, must have a clear width of at least 31 ½ inches from the handrail height to the steps if on just one side, and 27 inches for handrails on both sides. Additional criteria set regulations for treads, the width of steps (runs), handrail grips, and more.
As you can see, there are several specific building code criteria for public stairways and handrails that are pertinent to your staircase fall case. You have two years from the time of your accident to make a claim for compensation against the negligent party who was responsible for the defective or missing handrails.
If you slipped and fell down a stairway as a result of another type of negligence of defective, such as poor lighting, crumbling materials, unlevel steps, or improper snow and ice management, you may also have a case. Contact an Indiana slip and fall attorney right away to learn your rights to pursuing legal action against any company that has caused you to lose so much as a result of your personal injury accident.
Get Help With Your Slip and Fall Claim From Our Experienced Indiana Injury Lawyers
Call Craven, Hoover, and Blazek P.C. at 317-881-2700 to speak with a seasoned personal injury lawyer about your recent stairway slip and fall accident in Indianapolis, Indiana. Their seasoned accident lawyers offer free initial consultations and never collect attorney fees unless they win your settlement. Call our office today at 317-881-2700 to schedule your consultation with an Indianapolis personal injury attorney who cares. We represent injured persons throughout the state of Indiana.