New Jersey Staircase Accident Lawyer

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Poorly maintained or broken stairs can lead to accidents causing significant injuries that can prevent you from working and leave you with costly medical expenses. If you suffered these injuries on someone else’s property, you could be entitled to compensation for these and other losses.

At Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman, we are committed to helping people who’ve been injured in staircase accidents seek the compensation they deserve from the parties who hurt them. Our legal team focuses on our clients’ needs and uses our combined experience and resources to build a strong case seeking maximum compensation. That has helped us secure hundreds of millions in compensation for thousands of clients since our firm was founded nearly a century ago.

Contact us today if you have been injured in a stairway accident. We offer free consultations, so there’s no cost to speak with a New Jersey staircase accident lawyer about your case.

How Our Law Firm Helps People Hurt on Dangerous Stairs

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Property owners are responsible for keeping their premises reasonably safe for visitors. Since 1929, Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman has protected the rights of people who’ve been injured in staircase accidents in New Jersey and demanded fair compensation for their financial and other losses. In that time, our firm has cultivated a culture of attention to client service and a reputation for success.

We have the resources to investigate accidents fully and determine liability, while medical and technical experts we engage help us build strong cases on our clients’ behalf. Once we’ve built our case, we can negotiate with at-fault parties and their insurers to reach a fair settlement agreement – or take them to court if one can’t be reached.

At Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman, we are ready to advocate aggressively on your behalf from the moment we take your case to its ultimate conclusion.

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?

At Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman, we do not charge you any fees upfront to start work on your personal injury case. We will review your case for free, with no obligation to you. If we believe you have a claim for compensation, we will do all the legal legwork with no out-of-pocket cost to you. When we recover compensation for you, our fee then comes as a percentage of that. If we don’t win, you don’t pay us. It’s that simple.

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Common Causes and Types of Accidents on Staircases

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One long-term study of stair-related injuries in the United States found that, on average, over 1 million patients are treated in U.S. emergency rooms annually for stair-related injuries. While some of these accidents happen because the injured party was simply not paying attention, someone else is to blame in many other cases. Too often, a lack of proper maintenance leads to broken stairs and railings that cause preventable staircase accidents.

Some of the most common causes of staircase accidents in New Jersey include:

  • Broken stairs
  • Uneven stairs
  • Unmarked staircases
  • Broken or loose stair railings
  • Torn carpets or loose rungs on stairs
  • Stairways obstructed by objects or merchandise
  • Slippery stairways
  • Spills on stairs
  • Stairs covered in ice or snow
  • Poorly lit stairs

Stairway accidents can happen on any staircase, as a single wrong step can lead to a fall. If you’ve been injured in a stairway accident on someone else’s property and believe you may be owed compensation, one of our experienced attorneys can review your case and inform you of your options.

Places Where Staircase Accidents Occur

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Stairway accidents typically fall under a category of personal injury law known as “premises liability.” Property owners, tenants, and other parties in possession or control are required to keep their premises reasonably free from potential safety hazards. When an owner or occupier fails to uphold this responsibility, accidents can happen – accidents for which they may be held legally liable.

Staircase accidents can happen anywhere, including:

  • Malls and retail stores
  • Office buildings
  • Parking garages
  • Schools
  • Theaters
  • Restaurants
  • Train stations
  • Government buildings
  • Private homes
  • Apartments
  • Hotels

Potentially Liable Parties in Staircase Accident Claims

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In many cases, property owners are liable for staircase accidents on their premises. However, there are circumstances in which another party bears partial or full liability for an accident. Examples of potentially liable parties in staircase accident cases may include:

  • Private property owners
  • Commercial property owners
  • Landlords
  • Tenants
  • Government entities

Property owners and commercial tenants typically carry insurance protecting them in premises liability accidents. You may be able to seek compensation for your financial losses by pursuing a claim against the insurer.

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Types of Injuries in Staircase Falls

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Common types of injuries that are associated with staircase accidents include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Neck and spinal injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Broken bones
  • Dislocations
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Internal bleeding
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Lacerations
  • Contusions

If you have fallen down a set of stairs, seek medical attention immediately. Some injuries, like concussions and internal injuries, may not show symptoms immediately but can ultimately prove to be life-threatening.

Compensation You Could Recover in a Stairway Accident Case

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No two staircase accidents are identical, and the compensation you could be entitled to depends on how the accident happened and the severity of your injuries, among other factors. In general, staircase accident victims can seek compensation for losses like:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Loss of consortium
  • Pain and suffering
  • Diminished quality of life

To determine the value of your claim, talk to our staircase injury attorneys about the specific details of your case.

Deadlines for Filing a Staircase Accident Case in New Jersey

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If you are pursuing a personal injury lawsuit after a stairway accident in New Jersey, you have only two years from the date of the accident to file your case. If you miss this deadline, your case will likely be dismissed, and you will be unable to seek compensation through the courts. If a school or governmental entity/employee is at fault, you need to see an attorney immediately because New Jersey requires that a tort claim notice be filed within 90 days from the incident date.

Our Lawyers Are Ready to Discuss Your Staircase Accident Claim

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Were you injured in an accident on a staircase in New Jersey? Was someone else to blame? If so, the experienced staircase accident attorneys at Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman want to talk to you. Contact our New Jersey office today to discuss your staircase accident case and legal options.


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