Fifteen years walking up these stairs and Virgil isn’t getting any
younger. Only fifty-five years of age, but his poor health places him
at almost seventy. Life has been hard, but he had some good days.
Virgil’s nephews and nieces used to visit him at his dusty third
floor apartment all the time; those days sure were fun. Those kids would
clamber up the stairs and shake the century old railing back and forth,
back and forth.
That railing would sway just like an anchored boat does in the swollen
Hudson. Heck, it still does. The landlord doesn’t seem to mind.
He swears that he will never fix that old railing. It’s been in
the building since the nineteenth century and is historic, the landlord says.
As you might have guessed, Virgil became less and less active as he continued
to age. His bones ached and his muscles were always sore. He was nothing
but stiff every time he stood up. With nobody around to help, he still
had to get himself to work, the store, laundry mat, and the doctor’s office.
Of course one day, he leaned too hard against that old railing and it gave
way. He fell down an entire flight of stairs like he was a boulder in
a landslide. The neighbors next door actually heard the fall.
Experienced Poughkeepsie stairway accident attorneys know that the law in New York is on Virgil’s side. Property owners
have a responsibility to keep stairs and railings in a reasonably safe
condition. It is quite simple, if the railing is broken or in any way
a state of disrepair, the railing must be fixed.
If someone is injured by negligently maintained stairs and/or railings,
the injured victim can sue the property owner for compensation. All losses
related to the accident can be claimed for compensation; medical bills,
lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
In addition to broken railings; rotting stairs, wet stairs, poor stairwell
lighting, broken steps, and uneven staircases are all common causes of
stairway accidents. With aging buildings littered throughout the Hudson Valley regions of
New York, stairway accidents are common.
In all likelihood, as apartment buildings continue to deteriorate and are
unrepaired by landlords, stairway accidents will continue to be a concern
and source of serious injury. Stairway accidents can even lead to death.
Learn more about what you should know about New York slip and fall accidents in
our latest article posted here. Read more about New York slip and fall accidents at stores in
our blog posted here. Learn more about slip and fall accidents on broken sidewalks in
our blog posted here.
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