Steps and stairs are located in just about any property, whether it’s a house, store, or apartment building. Normally, walking up a set of steps is not something we think about, but there are many conditions that can cause people to be injured while they’re walking up the stairs. Slipping accidents are incredibly common, as well as trip and falls. That’s why property owners must repair any steps that are loose, cracked, or defective in some other way.
Unfortunately, broken steps are a big problem at many apartment buildings. Over time, steps in a building can break down from rust, wood rot, worn supports, and many other issues. Improper construction and the usage of cheap materials also contribute to stairs and steps being unsafe.
Were you injured from tripping over, slipping on, or falling down a broken step in your apartment building? Did you hurt yourself from due to broken steps at an apartment building that you were visiting for social or business purposes? You may be owed monetary compensation by the building owner under California’s premises liability laws. To learn more about your rights from a broken step accident injury attorney, contact us today.
Causes of Broken Steps or Staircases
Steps on both private and commercial properties are made out of materials such as metal, wood, and concrete. There are exact specifications that must be met by builders in order to ensure that each step is level, solid, and safe for people to walk on for many years. If there are multiple steps, handrails or balustrades must be installed so that people have an extra measure of safety as they go up and down the steps.
Of course, no set of steps can last forever, whether it’s from years of usage, weather conditions, or heavy items being dropped on them. Broken edges, cracks, crumbling concrete, uneven steps and other problems must be fixed by the owner and/or building management company. If someone falls off the steps due to their failure to fix the issue, they are liable for the victim’s injuries and resulting monetary losses.
Aside from steps that are broken or cracked, here are some other conditions that apartment building owners take care of in order to prevent injuries to another party:
Can I Sue for Apartment Building Owner Failure to Fix Steps in Our Apartment Building?
- Stairs that are too smooth / slippery
- Failure to cover slippery steps with stair treads (or replace worn / defective stair treads)
- Failure to remove snow and ice from steps at an apartment building
- Poorly designed handrails or missing / broken handrails
Yes, you can sue for being injured from broken steps in an apartment building, as property owners have a duty of care to fix unsafe conditions on their property. Thus, if your accident was caused by a defect on the steps, like cracks or broken concrete, you have the right to file a lawsuit against the apartment building owner.
The owner of the building may be a private individual or a management company that operates an entire apartment complex. Injuries can also happen from broken steps at a condo building, which are typically run by a condo board or association. The association may hire a management company for day-to-day operations, so in these situations, you will need to determine which party is responsible for fixing the steps.
Sometimes, it’s possible that a party other than the property owner is responsible for a broken step injury incident. Perhaps building code violations or usage of improper materials by the builder is the reason for the steps breaking down. Of course, the owner is still responsible for addressing these issues and making the necessary repairs. In a case like this, you may have grounds to sue the construction company, as well as the apartment building owner.
To ensure that you cover all the bases when it comes to apartment building liability, please consider a free consultation with one of our legal experts.
Possible Injuries from Broken Steps and Staircases
Falling on to or off a set of steps can cause serious injuries to many parts of your body, even if you fall from a relatively low height. Victims of a broken step accident can suffer from the following:
Average Settlement from a Broken Step Injury Claim
- Deep cuts and scratches
- Chipped or missing teeth
- Torn muscles, tendons, and ligaments (soft tissue injuries)
- Concussion and other types of trauma to the brain
- Knee dislocation
- Broken bones
- Ankle sprain or fracture
- Hip fracture
- Spinal cord damage
- Neck injury
- Nerve damage
Based on the severity of your injuries and other relevant factors, broken step injury cases may be worth around $75,000 to $2,000,000 and above. But there’s really no such thing as an average settlement amount for a personal injury claim, as each accident has its own set of circumstances.
One thing you can be sure of is that we will fight to bring you every penny you deserve if you’ve been injured by an apartment building owner’s negligence. Along with your medical expenses, you may be entitled to other monetary losses, like pain and suffering, lost wages, and emotional distress.
Length of Time to Settle an Accident Case against a Building Owner
Premises liability claims against landlords and apartment complexes often take around 6 to 18 months to resolve. It’s possible for settlements to be reached in just a few months, but this is unlikely if you have serious injuries.
Keep in mind that the goal is to provide you with enough compensation to cover your losses and help you move forward with your life. That’s why you should always discuss any settlement offers with an experienced accident attorney. A member of our legal team can provide you with a detailed explanation of the settlement process during a free consultation, so don’t hesitate to give us a call.
How Long do I have to File a Lawsuit?
Injury victims in California must file a lawsuit within 2 years if they were injured from a dangerous condition on someone else’s property. Normally, the statute of limitations begins on the date of the accident, but there may be extenuating circumstances that can allow for more time to file a lawsuit. However, these are exceptional cases that do not apply to most people, so we recommend that you take action on your case as soon as possible. If you miss the deadline to sue for your injuries, the likely outcome is that you will permanently lose your right to compensation from the building owner.
Consult a Lawyer with Experience in Broken Step Injury Cases
DTLA Law Group is a personal injury law firm with decades of experience in accident injury cases. Our track record of settlements speaks for itself, but you don’t have to take our word for it. Contact us for a free case review with a building owner negligence lawsuit attorney. That way, we can answer all your questions and explain the methods we will use to bring your justice.
You can also count on us if you need a second opinion, which is a free service for those with pending accident claims. If you are worried that your case is headed in the wrong direction or want to verify your rights and legal options, we are happy to provide you with a free second opinion.
With the Zero Fee Guarantee, there is no cost to you for any of the work we do on your case. All legal fees are paid for by the defendant once we successfully resolve your case. And if you don’t receive payment from a broken step injury lawsuit, you owe us absolutely nothing.
Call DTLA Law Group and learn about your available legal options from one of our attorneys.