When we think of slip and fall accidents, we think of spills, puddles, and Wet Floor signs. There are many types of conditions that can cause slip and falls. But a slip and fall accident can also happen on stairs.
Every year, thousands of people slip, trip, and fall on staircases. Staircase accidents can cause serious injuries and even death. Just like property owners can be liable for slip and fall accidents on the floor, they can also be liable for slip and fall accidents on stairs.
To prove liability in slip and fall accidents, you need to show that:
These factors need to be shown in regular slip and fall cases to prove liability, but stairs can be a bit trickier. Here are some of the other aspects to consider:
Slippery surfaces. If the stairs are made of carpet, wood, or another material, it’s possible that the surface has been worn down from use. You might be able to notice extreme wear and tear on stairs. But slightly worn stairs can be especially dangerous because you’re most likely not going to notice the hazard.
Also, if someone falls on polished stairs, the owner may be liable, because they didn’t put safety above aesthetics.
Wet surfaces. Outdoor stairs can be affected by weather conditions, such as rain, ice, and snow. You are expected to be cautious during these weather conditions. But an owner also has to ensure there isn’t any build-up and that the stairs are maintained properly. Otherwise, the owner may be liable for your injuries.
Building codes. The Florida Building Code can be found online (click the link). Property owners and builders have to follow building codes that also have specific requirements for stairs, such as:
If you or someone you love has been injured in a staircase slip and fall accident, contact an experienced Florida slip and fall lawyer to know your rights and see if you’re entitled to compensation.