When someone slips and falls down a flight of unsafe stairs, the property manager can be held liable for the accident, according to premises liability law. The key to winning a claim is proving property negligence, meaning that the owner knew of the danger yet failed to either fix it or warn others. The severity of the injuries is also taken into account when evaluating these claims.
Unsafe stairs can include broken handrails, crumbling steps, and slippery conditions. When a handrail is broken or nonexistent, it makes it difficult for people to keep their balances and nearly impossible for them to catch themselves should they start to fall. All public and private buildings should be properly equipped to prevent accidents, as slip-and-fall injuries on stairs can be incredibly hazardous, leading to broken bones, spine injuries, paralysis and even death.
When determining a settlement amount for premises liability claims in Santa Monica, California, an attorney will evaluate a series of factors like:
Oftentimes, attorneys are able to settle cases of property negligence out of court, resulting in quicker compensation and lower fees for the victim. Receiving a fast settlement is especially important when the victim is out of work and experiencing financial hardship because of the accident. Howard C. Kornberg practices personal-injury law in Los Angeles, California. He has extensive experience in premises liability law and a reputation for researching his client’s cases thoroughly to earn them the best settlements for their injuries.
Howard C. Kornberg is AV rated* by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given to attorneys for legal trial skills and ethical standards.
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