Every year thousands of people fall off from the stairs due to numerous small and serious reasons. The injuries will be surprisingly more severe than the usual slip and fall cases, as the victim here would be falling from a different level of height. Same severity will be seen when deciding the liability of the fall, which more than merely depends on the owner of the house alone.
Alike any slip and fall cases, the owner of the property is responsible for the injury rather than all other factors that had led to the fall. There may be many reasons. However, listed here are some of the more vulnerable factors.
Wet or Icy Outdoor Stairs
Falling down in your outdoors when there is rain, ice or snow is a norm to quite a many. In that circumstance, the initial response of the insurance adjuster would be of washing their hands off about the weather and all are supposed to stay safe in such conditions anyhow. The negligence of the owner is not winded up here, as they might have been avoided by following any safety measure. In all other cases, the owner is still liable.
Improper Stair Height or Depth
There are certain codes that have to be followed while deciding the height or depth of the stairs. Just measure the stair if at all you have slipped or fallen without any visible cause. If they mismatch, the stairs were built defectively. Now you just need to prove that the posing threat of the stairs had made you fall. The improper stair alone will be enough to call for a settlement until the insurance company of the building’s owner proves that you have fallen because of your own negligence.
Building Code Violations
When constructing any building with stairs, the owners and builders are supposed to follow certain building codes. Moreover, these rules are applicable to many of the states, which will be available in the county or city building permit department. Cross check the requirements of the stairs from which you have fallen and confirm whether they are satisfying the given conditions and had violated the codes. If so, then the codes can be a remarkable supporter to prove your side.
Equipping of one or more number of handrails on the stairs is required for most of the building, with respect to its height and width. Based on the building codes, the handrails must be firmly attached and set in specified height. Anyone mounting on or getting down will be prone to fall if they are not able to reach the handrails as they are built on a wrong height.