What You Need to Know About Stairwell Accidents in Washington D.C.

Property owners are responsible for ensuring that all who enter and exit their property are safe. As you know, there are few things more frightening than falling down a flight of stairs, and if you are someone who has been injured in a stairwell accident due to a property owner’s negligence, there is a very good chance that you will qualify for financial compensation. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys to learn more about stairwell accidents and how we can help if you’ve been injured in one. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How do stairwell accidents happen?

Stairwell accidents can happen for a wide variety of reasons, though they are frequently the result of property owner negligence. Stairwell accidents are often due to uneven spacing between stairs, broken or loose stairs, missing stairs, broken railings, or even insufficient lighting in stairways.

What should I do after being injured in a stairwell accident?

If you are someone who has been injured in a stairwell accident, the very first thing you should do is call the police and notify the property owner of your injury, especially if it occurred in a retail store or shopping mall. Additionally, you should then ask all witnesses of your accident for their contact information so they can corroborate your claim at a later date. You should then take pictures of the unsafe stairwell conditions that caused you to slip and fall, and once you do, you should then receive immediate medical treatment and ask your doctor for all documentation/bills associated with your injury. Finally, you must retain the services of an experienced Washington D.C. personal injury attorney who can gather and present all additional evidence require to prove your personal injury claim, such as security camera footage of the accident as it happened. Our firm is here to help.

What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Washington D.C.?

If you are injured in a slip and fall and are looking to file a premises liability claim, you must ensure you do so within the statute of limitations. Since the statute of limitations in Washington D.C. is three years, under most circumstances, you will have three years from the date of your accident to sue the party responsible for your injuries. Do not wait too long, for if you wait any longer than three years, there is a very good chance that you will be permanently barred from suing.


The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.