When stairwells are insufficiently maintained, people are often injured as a result. Some of the most common causes of stairwell accidents include damaged steps, missing stairs, insufficient lighting, broken or missing handrails, unevenly spaced stairs, and more. If you were in an accident due to any of these safety hazards, you may qualify for financial compensation. Read on to learn more about stairwell accidents in New York City.
Recovering Compensation for a Stairwell Accident
Torecover financial compensation, you will have to prove that the property owner either knew, or should have reasonably known about the dangerous staircase conditions, failed to address the issue and that you were injured as a result. In order to prove this, be sure to:
- Call 911: The police can send an ambulance and file an accident report.
- Document the scene: If possible, take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident. Be sure to document the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur.
- Obtain witness contacts: If someone saw your accident occur, ask them for their name and contact information. They may be able to corroborate your version of events.
- Seek medical attention: Be sure to go to the hospital, your doctor, or an urgent care facility immediately after the accident occurs. This will ensure that your injuries are properly treated while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Be sure to ask for a copy of any relevant medical documents.
How Long do I Have to File a Claim?
If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. But, in order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to act fast. This is due to the statute of limitations. In New York, the statute of limitations for a personal injury accident is generally three years. Failing to file within three years from the date of the accident will most likely mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to avoid missing any important deadlines.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a stairwell accident in New York, reach out to our firm today.
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If you have been injured in a New York City accident, Swerling Law is here to help. Our firm understands the challenges that many people face after being hurt in an accident and is prepared to help you receive an award of significant compensation to ease some of your burdens. To schedule a consultation with an experienced construction site accident attorney in New York City, contact Swerling Law today.