Stairway Collapse Injury Lawsuit Lawyers in Georgia
Most people never expect to be injured or lose a loved one in a stairway collapse because we take stairway safety for granted. Most people just assume staircases will bear our weight when they do not appear to be damaged. This is especially true when the staircase is made out of solid materials like concrete. However, staircases can become dangerous when they are not adequately maintained. Even when defects are detected and repaired, a stairway can worsen in integrity due to constant use over time. When a stairway collapses, the results can be catastrophic.
The Dangers of Stairway Collapses in Georgia
Stairway collapses can be a partial collapse or a total collapse. Total stairway collapses transpire when the center section of the stairway caves in, leaving a hole between the top step and the bottom stair. The stairway's debris can strike someone in a total stairway collapse. Should the victim fall and then land on their feet, their legs and feet and legs may sustain serious injuries.
A "partial" stairway collapse happens when one or more sections of the stairway give way. By way of example only, a crumbling section of a concrete step may be classified as a "partial" stairway collapse as long as the rest of the staircase structure stays in place. It is essential to understand that a "partial" collapse is not always less severe than a "total" collapse. This is because people who are injured in a partial stairway collapse tend to sustain head injuries because victims often fall forward. A stairway collapse victim may sustain a wrist and/or arm fracture as they attempt to brace themself during the fall.
Who is Liable for a Georgia Stairway Collapse Accident?
Property owners have a legal duty to inspect and maintain their property thoroughly, including stairways, should they intend to have visitors on their property. In Georgia, property owners should inspect the integrity of their railings, balconies, elevators, and stairways and repair any dangerous conditions they encounter. Moreover, property owners should ensure that their stairways have suitable railings and are well lit. Failing to take these sensible precautions could result in a property owner being held liable for the expenses and damages suffered by an injury victim.
The owner of the property is not always responsible for a stairway collapse. In some cases, the company that manufactured, designed and/or installed the defective staircase could be held liable for a victim's injuries. As long as a property owner was not aware of the defective design or installation, the stairway company or companies that designed, manufactured or installed the defective stairway would be held solely responsible. By way of example, the person who poured a concrete stairway could be held liable for a victims' injuries or death when the stairway collapses if there were issues with the installation.
Likewise, stairways are required to comply with building codes. A design company that orders a stairway to be constructed in a way that violates building codes and practices may be held liable for its negligent design if the stairway crumples after it was constructed in accordance with the design company's specifications.
It is crucial to have staircase collapse injuries carefully investigated to identify all responsible parties, hold those accountable for their negligent actions, and collect full monetary compensation.
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