Denver Broken Stairs Accident Attorneys
Many people walk up and down staircases daily. They’re in commercial buildings, at your office, and in your friends’ houses. You probably don’t think too much about the physical process of climbing and descending a set of steps every day. That is, until you take a tumble and get hurt.
The Denver slip and fall lawyers at The Bourassa Law Group know the serious injuries that can result from poorly maintained staircases. If the property owner’s negligent actions led to your injuries, you should contact us immediately so we can begin working to get compensation for your injuries.
Broken stairs are unfortunately common. They can become damaged in various ways. Homeowners and business owners should inspect their staircases routinely to ensure they’re in good working condition to prevent visitors from falling. If they don’t and you’re injured as a result, you have the right to hold the owner liable for their misconduct and recover the maximum available compensation.
The Bourassa Law Group is ready to put our experience and knowledge to work so you can recover from your injuries and move forward with your life. Call us at (303) 331-6186 for your free initial consultation or send us a message online.
Who’s at Fault for Slip and Fall Accidents Caused by Broken Stairs?
Property owners have a responsibility to provide a safe place for guests that is free from hazards and other dangerous conditions that can lead to injuries. You might think the owner of a grocery store or movie theater or other location where you got hurt is the only person who could be held liable for your slip and fall accident. However, multiple parties could be negligent in causing someone’s injuries.
Business or Property Owner
The owners of malls, restaurants, retail stores, and other establishments must keep their properties in a safe condition at all times. They should fix damage promptly, perform routine inspections, and remove hazards that could cause someone to trip. If they’re aware of broken stairs but do nothing to repair them, they could be liable for injuries that occur.
It’s not just commercial properties that can cause physical harm. Your friend or family member also has a responsibility to keep their stairs adequately maintained, so guests don’t injure themselves. If you take a fall and require medical treatment, you might be entitled to compensation from a claim through their homeowner’s insurance policy.
Sometimes staircases contain hazards or defects from the start. Stair installation requires meeting specific safety standards and design specifications. Broken stairs can result from the construction process, and the construction worker may fail to notice or repair them. The construction company could become financially responsible for your expenses if they made an error, leading to a defective staircase.
Property owners often hire contractors to inspect and maintain their properties. Misdiagnosing problems or failing to report the damage they find is entirely negligent. The contractor should notify the property owner immediately so they can place warning signs or block off access to that particular stairwell, so no one gets hurt while it’s undergoing repairs.
Possible Compensation From a Personal Injury Claim
Most companies and homeowners carry liability insurance that will cover injuries that occur on their properties. If broken stairs led to your injuries, you likely incurred medical expenses and other costs. You could file a claim with the property owner’s insurance company and seek various losses, such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages and earning capacity
- Medical bills
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Damage to personal property during the fall
- Emotional distress
The experienced legal team at The Bourassa Law Group will review these losses and the factors associated with your case to determine a fair monetary value. We want to ensure you receive a full and fair settlement, so you’re not forced to pay for any losses yourself. Some of the factors we might consider to determine the amount of compensation you need are:
- Total expenses resulting from the accident
- Duration of medically necessary treatment
- Time spent away from work for doctors’ appointments, pain, and other circumstances interfering with your daily life
- Type and severity of the injury
- Length of the recovery period
- Permanent physical damage caused by the fall
- Emotional or psychological trauma experienced
- The estimated cost of medical care, household assistance, or assistive devices required in the future
- Amount of insurance coverage on the property owner’s liability policy
- Diminished quality of life caused by the injury
- Effect the accident has on loved ones
Insurance companies rarely play fair. They likely won’t be on your side during the claims process. While they’re investigating the slip and fall accident, they will look for any evidence to prove you didn’t get hurt or that your injury is due to a prior medical condition so they can deny the claim. Without legal representation, you could be faced with obstacles that are challenging to overcome on your own.
Challenging an insurance company can be intimidating and overwhelming. That’s why it’s critical that you hire The Bourassa Law Group for help. We can protect your rights and use every resource at our disposal to prove you deserve compensation, so the insurance company pays you what they owe you.
The Bourassa Law Group Legal Fees and Costs
It’s natural to worry about the financial aspect of hiring a lawyer. You’re already paying for physical therapy, prescriptions, and other forms of treatment. Adding another expense might seem impossible to afford. We don’t want to cause unnecessary stress when you’re already dealing with an injury that upended your entire life.
At The Bourassa Law Group, our team of attorneys takes cases on a contingency fee basis. That means we don’t charge upfront fees or costs to represent clients injured from a fall caused by broken stairs. We don’t expect our legal fees to be paid unless we successfully negotiate an insurance settlement or reach a favorable jury verdict. If we lose your case, you won’t have to pay us.
Contact The Bourassa Law Group for a Free Consultation
If you sustained injuries from falling on broken stairs, do not hesitate to reach out to our legal team for advice about what to do next. We can review your accident and determine the best options for securing the compensation you need and deserve.
Call The Bourassa Law Group right now at (303) 331-6186.
Frequently asked questions
The legal definition of a personal injury is when someone’s failure to use reasonable care in a particular situation results in another person’s physical, emotional, or psychological injury. Personal injury cases often rely on the elements of negligence to prove the responsible party’s actions were the cause of the other party’s injuries.
The length of a personal injury case depends on the type of case and various factors, such as the severity of the injury sustained and the duration of necessary treatment. A car accident case might take six months to resolve, while a wrongful death lawsuit could take two years. It all depends on the circumstances surrounding the case.
No. Whether you got hurt in a car accident or on someone else’s property, you should never speak with their liability insurance company about the claim. They try to save money whenever possible and could attempt to trick you into accepting a low settlement amount or intimidate you into dropping the case. Your Denver personal injury lawyer will handle all communication on your behalf.
It depends. A vast majority of personal injury cases settle out of court. When we file a claim with the insurance company, we’ll submit evidence that proves you deserve compensation for your injuries. Sometimes the insurer is willing to settle. Other times, they deny the claim or provide a settlement much lower than you deserve. Under those circumstances, we will file a lawsuit and take the case to court.
Mediation is a step during a lawsuit where both sides meet to try to reach an agreement. The mediator listens to the arguments on both the plaintiff’s and the defendant’s sides and attempts to resolve the issue. If they can reach an agreement, they will settle out of court, and the case will get dismissed. If they can’t resolve the matter, the case will proceed to trial.