Staircases are used by people every day. This is usually done without the consideration of ever being involved in an accident in the process. While this is true, accidents in staircases can occur abruptly without warning. When they do, serious injuries can be caused as a result. This often leads to physical, emotional, and financial damages. In order to cover these damages, victims tend to pursue legal action to receive compensation in the event that the accident was due to negligence. In doing so, it is important to retain the services of an experienced Alabama personal injury attorney for help navigating your case.
Causes of Staircase Accidents
There are many cases in which accidents that occur in a stairwell are due to a person’s own careless actions. This may be if they are in a rush and fail to watch where they are going. However, there are also many accidents that are the result of a property owner’s negligence. This may be the case if the property owner where the stairs are located fails to care for them, causing hazards to arise. Common dangers that are seen in staircases can include insufficient lighting, broken handrails, damaged steps, and more.
Recovering Financial Compensation After a Staircase Accident
Victims of personal injury accidents in staircases often wish to hold the negligent party liable for the accident they caused. When pursuing legal action, it is important that the injured party is aware they are required to prove negligence in order to be successful. This can be done with evidence that shows the property owner knew, or should have reasonably known about the hazard and failed to fix it. They must also show that this behavior directly caused their injuries. Evidence that can be useful in court can include pictures or videos of the hazard, the police report of the incident, medical documentation of the injuries, and any witness statements.
How Long Do I Have to Take Legal Action?
When an injured party wishes to file a personal injury claim to pursue legal action, it is important that they not wait too long to do so. This is because a statute of limitations is in place, putting a deadline on the window of time available to them to file a claim. If this is not met, the individual may lose their chance to hold the negligent party responsible and be unable to recover compensation as a result. In the state of Alabama, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is two years from the date of the injury.
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