What You Should Know About Stairwell Accidents in Washington D.C.

Most of us are fortunate enough to never have an accident on a stairwell. However, if you recently slipped or tripped and fell on a stairwell due to unsafe stairwell conditions, you are most likely now considering your legal options. Please continue reading and speak with our Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys to learn more about stairwell accidents and how our firm can help if you’ve been injured in one. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the most common causes of stairwell accidents?

Stairwell accidents can happen for many different reasons, and though there are times where people simply slip and fall due to their own carelessness, oftentimes, stairwell accidents are the result of negligence on the part of the property owner. Whoever owns the stairwell is responsible for ensuring it is safe for all those who use it, and if you were injured in a stairwell accident as a result of the property owner failing to ensure his or her stairwell is safe, you should have a valid personal injury claim against that property owner. Some of the most common causes of stairwell accidents include loose/broken railings, missing steps, poor lighting, uneven steps, and more.

What should I do if I am hurt in a stairwell?

If you are hurt in a stairwell, you should take several actions to document the accident and bolster your chances of winning a future personal injury claim. To start, you should call the police to the scene of the accident, as they can document the incident and call an ambulance to the scene as well. You should also take pictures of the unsafe stairwell conditions that caused your accident and ask anyone who saw your accident for their contact information. Once you are treated at a hospital, you should ask your doctor for all medical documents pertaining to your injury, and from there, hire a knowledgeable Washington D.C. personal injury lawyer who can work to obtain all additional information needed to satisfy the burden of proof on your behalf. Ensure you do so in a timely fashion, as the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Washington D.C. is, generally, three years, giving you three years from the date of your accident to take legal action against the party responsible. If you wait any longer than three years, you will most likely lose your right to file a claim.


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.