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Virginia stairway fall lawyers

Helping you get the justice you deserve after a stairway fall in Virginia

Stairways are part of our daily lives, and most people probably don’t think about them often. But stairways can be dangerous, especially if they are broken or poorly maintained. More than one million patients are treated in emergency rooms every year for injuries caused by stairway falls in the United States, according to a 23-year study on stairway safety.

Property owners and managers have a responsibility to maintain a safe environment for visitors and guests, and you have the right to seek compensation if you were injured due to unsafe property conditions.

Virginia has a vibrant economy, and we are home to several major corporations, including Northrop Grumman, Capital One Financial, and General Dynamics. All companies, big and small, must take steps to protect their guests and employees.

If you were injured in a stairway fall, contact GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys. When you put your trust in us, you don’t pay anything unless we win. We call it our Zero Fee Guarantee.

Call our Virginia premises liability lawyers at (804) 413-6777 or toll-free at (855) 781-6777 to schedule a free consultation today.

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What causes stairway falls?

Walking safely up and down stairs requires secure footing and a firm grip on a reliable handrail. Stairs must be evenly spaced, have enough depth to accommodate your feet, and provide traction to prevent slipping. Stairways and the area around them must also be free of objects that may cause you to trip and fall.

Unsafe conditions that cause stairway falls include:

  • Broken or missing handrails
  • Slippery surfaces
  • Broken stairs
  • Uneven stairs
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Tripping hazards
  • Collapsing stairways

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Who is responsible for stairway fall injuries in Virginia?

Property owners have a duty of care to maintain reasonably safe conditions in public places. Businesses and their employees may be held liable for injuries caused by unsafe conditions that they knew about or should have known about. A stairway fall is likely to cause catastrophic injuries. Business and government employees must pay particular attention to stairways, and customers must be directed to avoid broken stairs.

Businesses must train their employees to take precautions and eliminate hazards that could needlessly harm visitors. That means providing regular building maintenance and developing inspection schedules and clear safety protocols. Businesses must also make sure all structures meet building codes.

Customer complaints about unsafe conditions must be addressed immediately, and spills, broken stairways, and tripping hazards must be handled promptly. Warning signs are required to inform customers about dangerous situations, such as wet floors, after cleaning a spill.

The following parties may be held liable for a stairway fall caused by unsafe conditions:

  • Property owners
  • Supervisors
  • Employees
  • Maintenance companies
  • Manufacturers of defective stairways
  • Contractors
  • Cleaning crews
  • Government agencies

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Where do stairway accidents happen?

Stairway accidents may occur indoors, outdoors, and in all types of buildings and environments. This includes:

  • Homes
  • Apartment buildings
  • Malls and stores
  • Office buildings
  • Parks
  • Government buildings
  • Bus and train stations
  • Construction sites
  • Hospitals
  • Hotels and motels
  • Airbnbs

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How can your Virginia stairway accident lawyer help?

Virginia’s contributory negligence laws require plaintiffs to demonstrate that their injuries were caused solely by the defendant’s negligent actions. That’s why it’s crucial to find a personal injury lawyer who knows how to build a strong case.

At GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys, one of our mottos is “big city experience, small town care.” Ken Gibson served as a federal prosecutor, while John Singleton learned his trial skills working for a large insurance defense law firm. Now, we get justice for people who have been injured by another’s negligent behavior. This isn’t just a job for us — we consider our work to be a calling.

When you sign on with GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys, we’ll spring into action. We’ll collect all the information we need to demonstrate liability. This includes examining the accident site, interviewing witnesses, and collecting important documents like customer complaints, maintenance schedules, and internal company memos.

As soon as we’ve gathered our evidence, GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys will file a claim or lawsuit against anyone whose negligent actions contributed to your injuries, and we will be seeking these types of costs:

  • Current and future medical bills
  • Pain and suffering
  • Medications
  • Lost wages
  • Medical devices
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Loss of earning potential
  • Wrongful death

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What types of injuries are caused by dangerous stairways?

Stairway falls are a major concern because victims are likely to suffer severe injuries that cause chronic pain and disabilities. In many cases, victims are unable to resume their careers. You may require extensive medical treatment and be unable to enjoy many of the day-to-day activities you performed before the accident.

Injuries caused by dangerous stairway falls include:

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Who can I call if I am injured in a stairway accident?

Call us at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys. Both of our partners are former members of the U.S. Marines, and we consider it our calling to fight tirelessly for the justice accident victims deserve.

We will always treat you and your family with respect and compassion, and we are here to take your call any time if you have any questions or concerns.

Call us at (804) 413-6777 or toll-free at (855) 781-6777 to learn more today.

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Prevention, empathy, and diligence are hallmarks of everything we do at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys. Our community can see these ideals lived out in our work to prevent personal injuries from happening.

  • Safety Education
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