When an elevator or escalator is not working, most of us have no other option but to take the stairs. Additionally, in the event of an emergency, such as a fire in a building or tornado warning, using the stairwell is generally recommended and, in many cases, the only safe option. Since emergencies can arise without any warning, property owners have the duty and the responsibility to maintain stairways, make sure the stairways are properly lit or have emergency lighting installed and ensure that any hazardous conditions are promptly repaired.
However, if an accident occurs that injures a tenant, visitor, employee or some other person because a property owner failed to maintain his or her premises, then under the legal theory of negligence, the injured party may be entitled to compensation. Depending on the nature of the accident, the injuries can be severe. An injured party may potentially suffer head injuries, spine, back and neck injuries, fractures and in some cases, even paralysis.
Our Philadelphia residents may find it helpful to know that the legal staff at The Colleran Firm is experienced in handling premises liability cases of all kinds. We are cognizant of the fact that an accident can have serious ramifications on one’s life.
In addition to one’s routine monthly bills, such as rent or mortgage payments, an injured party may now have medical bills stemming from the accident that need to be paid and they may be unable to go to work due to their injuries. Our highly skilled staff at The Colleran Firm will zealously and aggressively work to ensure that you receive compensation for lost wages, medical costs and more.