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If you have been injured in a stairwell accident in New York, you may be entitled to recover compensation. Read on to learn more about what to do in the event that an accident occurs.

How do Stairwell Accidents Happen?

Stairwell accidents can be caused by several different factors, however, they can almost always be traced back to a negligent property owner. For example, these accidents can be caused by inadequately lighted stairwells, unevenly spaced stairs, broken or nonexistent railings, damaged steps, and more.

Fulfilling the Burden of Proof

If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, there is a good chance that you will be entitled to recover compensation. But, in order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to provide proof of this negligence. In order to do this, you should be sure to call 911 right away. The police can send an ambulance to the scene and file an accident report. If you are able, take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident, documenting the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur. You should also be sure to seek medical attention immediately after the accident. This will ensure that your injuries are properly treated, while simultaneously providing you with important proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Be sure to ask for a copy of any relevant medical documents.

How Long do I Have to File a Claim?

In order to recover the compensation you need and deserve, you will have to file your claim on time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. In New York, the statute of limitations for a personal injury accident is generally three years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within three years will likely mean being barred from suing, and therefore losing your opportunity to recover compensation. To avoid missing any important deadlines, contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a stairwell accident in New York, our firm is here to help. We will advocate for you every step of the way and fight to recover the compensation you deserve in order to heal.


Hausman & Pendzick effectively represent victims of negligence in Westchester County and across the state of New York. We understand how challenging life can be without financial compensation for serious injuries you have wrongly sustained. If you need a knowledgeable and skilled personal injury attorney to help you recover compensation after an accident, contact Hausman & Pendzick today.