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New York City Stairwell Fall Attorney

Stairwell Accident Attorney in Manhattan

Property owners, builders, landlords, and store managers are responsible for ensuring the safety of anyone who steps foot on their property. When a stairwell is in need of repairs, it is important for the property owner to quickly resolve the issue before anyone gets hurt. Unfortunately, stairwell accidents happen all the time and can cause significant injury to victims. If you have been seriously injured in a NYC stairwell accident, it is important that you consider your legal options. Swerling Law understands the hardships you face after an accident and is committed to helping you recover the compensation you deserve. Contact Swerling Law today to schedule a consultation.

Types of Stairway Accidents

When an accident occurs on a stairway, it is important to determine the cause in order to move forward with the case. There are various possibilities that should be explored when assessing your case. A few factors that could make a stairway unsafe include the following:

  • Loose or missing handrail
  • Poor lighting
  • Loose, rotten, or damaged steps
  • Unevenly spaced stairs
  • Missing stairs

The Burden of Proof

When an individual is injured in the stairwell of a building, they often decide to bring a personal injury case against the building’s owner, landlord, or property manager. This can be difficult to do, as you will be required to fulfill the burden of proof. This means that you must prove that the person responsible for maintaining a safe property was negligent and that the dangerous conditions in a stairwell resulted in the accident. You should try to obtain surveillance footage of the accident if it is available, take pictures and videos of the dangerous conditions before leaving the scene of the accident, collect any pertinent medical records, and gather the contact information of any witnesses that saw your fall occur. Keep in mind, it is always better to have more information about the accident than it is to not have enough. The more prepared you are for your lawsuit, the more efficient and successful the process will be.

Recovering Compensation

If you have been seriously injured in a NYC stairwell accident, it is important that you consider your legal options because you may be entitled to significant compensation. Swerling Law understands that you may be suffering from physical, emotional, and financial burdens as a result of your accident. You may be able to recover compensation, known as damages, for your medical expenses, lost wages, loss of quality of life, emotional distress, pain and suffering, and more.

Contact a NYC Accident Attorney

Have you been seriously injured because of a faulty stairwell in New York City? If so, you can count on Swerling Law to assess your situation, guide you through your legal options, and help you recover the compensation you are entitled to. Stairway accidents can have long-term repercussions and you should be compensated for these burdens. For strong legal representation when you need it most, contact Swerling Law today to schedule a free initial consultation.


Settlement to a barista who slipped and fell on a defective stairwell while working for Starbucks who sustained back injuries requiring multiple surgeries in 2012.


Settlement to a woman who was assaulted and sustained back/hip injuries in 2015.


Verdict to a high school student who was assaulted by a school dean during her lunch period dislocating her hip in 2014.


Settlement to a man who was run over by a dump truck on a Brooklyn street causing him to sustain multiple injuries, including but not limited to a broken leg and detached urethra in 2019.


Settlement to a woman who slipped and fell down a wet stairwell in a New York City Housing Authority building requiring a back surgery in 2018.

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