Stairwell, Railing & Ramp Accidents
If you or a family member has been injured in a stairwell, railing or ramp accident, contact the law offices of Kenney & Conley today, toll free at (781) 848-9891, for a free consultation about your legal rights.
Regardless of the age of a building, a body of general codes and regulations comes into play in slip, trip and fall accident cases. State building codes, ADA regulations, Architectural Barriers Board regulations, and state sanitary codes all focus on building egress related to stairwells, ramps and railings. These regulations protect civilians who may be injured in an accident that occurred to negligence on behalf of the property’s owner or manager.
At the Massachusetts law firm of Kenney & Conley, we represent clients throughout Suffolk and the surrounding counties in slip and fall or trip and fall accident claims when property owners have failed to ensure that public or private facilities are maintained in a manner that allows for safe access in and out of buildings. Our premises liability attorneys provide the experience and resources needed to help clients recover the maximum possible compensation for their injuries.
Understanding Stairwell, Railing & Ramp Accidents
The attorneys at Kenney & Conley work with engineers to investigate the incident and determine where a dangerous stairwell or ramp defect failed to comply with current building codes and regulations. These codes and regulations are intended to prevent accidents and when they are not met, those who are injured by this failure have a right to compensation. Three common areas of injury due to neglected property maintenance are:
- Stairways: A visual inspection may show broken, worn or concave surfaces. While the stairways may have been correct at one time – with risers that were uniform and code-compliant, and stair surfaces made of non-skid materials – if they have been allowed to deteriorate, it is likely as a result of neglectful ownership or management.
- Ramps: We also determine what elevations are needed for ramps, compared to the requirements for stairs, so that we are able to evaluate what an appropriate slope for a ramp should be. Even though single steps are not allowed for safety, we will check to see if a lead edge is too high and can become a tripping hazard.
- Railings: A stairway or ramp may be perfect, however, the codes support the idea that, because someone is going up or down, even in the absence of a defect someone may still lose their balance. Proper handrails are important for guiding, stabilizing and preventing falls. We carefully determine the adequacy of railings with regard to height, ease of grasp, rail extension beyond the top and bottom for safe entry or exit, as well as stability such that the railings are securely attached with no wobble or give.