Stairs can help individuals move up from one floor to another. For this reason, property owners must ensure the safety of their property and one of them is a structurally sound stairs. Although quite rare, stair accidents do happen when the property owner failed with their duty of ensuring the safety of their premises. The website of Abel Law Firm revealed that unstable stairways can cause serious injuries or even death.
Stair collapse is considered as a “slip and fall” accident and as such is governed by rules on these kinds of accident. In determining liability, the principle of “comparative negligence” is used. Here are some of the most common causes of stair collapse.
A hidden danger in stairs is worn down carpet or wood which contributes to making the “run” part of the stair dangerous. Often a slightly worn stair is more dangerous than an obviously worn stairs because they are unlikely to be noticed by people. Some stairs are made from tile or highly polished wood making them more dangerous than stone.
Wet or Icy Outdoor Stairs
Outdoor stairs should be designed and maintained to prevent excessive buildup of water or ice and should have surfaces that should not become extra slippery when wet. While people should be careful during extreme weather conditions, it is still the duty of the owner to make their premises safe.
Building Code Violations
Every state and county has a building code that needs to be implemented and this code governs stairs. Most codes require the use of handrails and if the lack of handrail led to your fall, the owner can be held liable for your injury for violating the building code.
Building codes also regulate the height or depth of each step of the stair. The vertical part of each step is called “riser” and the horizontal part is called the “run.” If the measurement of both violates the building code, then the stairs are defective.