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Staircases are in nearly every building in New York City. Though many people would rather not take the stairs, it isn’t because they fear an accident occurring. However, if you are someone who was injured in a stairwell accident, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation to help cover the cost of your medical bills, lost wages, in-home care, and more. Please read on and reach out to our experienced stairwell accident attorneys to learn more about how we can help you.

How do stairwell accidents happen?

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.

How do I know if I qualify for compensation after an accident?

To qualify for financial compensation, you will first have to hire an experienced attorney who can 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. These cases are not always easy to prove, which is why you need a legal team on your side who has been helping injured clients all over New York City for years.

To prove your personal injury claim, our firm will tirelessly work to obtain various types of evidence, including security camera footage of the accident as it happened, pictures of the unsafe stairwell conditions that caused the accident, medical documents detailing the extent and severity of your injuries, witness statements corroborating your claim, and more.

What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York?

Every state has a statute of limitations in place when it comes to personal injury claims. Since the statute of limitations in New York is three years, you will have three years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit against a negligent property owner. Oftentimes, injured parties think that three years sounds like a long time. While this may be true, it is always best to bring your case to our attention as soon as possible. We are ready to begin the claims process immediately so we can win you the financial compensation you need.

Contact our experienced New York City firm

If you have been injured in a New York City car 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.


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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