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Dangerous Stairways Personal Injury Lawyers in Oakland

Have you ever suffered a slip and fall because a dangerous stairwell? If so, you aren't alone--thousands of people slip, trip, or fall on stairs every day. These are some of the most common causes behind various injuries, yet they are entirely preventable in nature. While property owners are generally liable for any accidents that occur on their property, stairs present a unique situation in that they require more investigation to determine fault. If you or a loved one sustained an injury because of a dangerous stairwell, it is likely due to the negligence of the contractor, landlord, designer, or someone else.

The following are the main attributes of dangerous stairways likely to lead to injury:

  • Missing handrails
  • Stairs that do not have a railing or wall next to them
  • Uneven flooring, such as stairs that are not flat, or stairs that have inconsistent heights/depths, etc.

What is difficult in these cases is determining what building code applies to your particular area of residence. Any houses built today require handrails, railings, and other safety equipment, but older homes may not have the same requirements. Some older codes required handrails, and some did not. If the house is well maintained, then the code in existence when the house was built applies. However, once the home starts to fall apart, the newer codes apply. Likewise, if any major work is done on a house, it most likely needs to be brought up to code--which is why illegal construction almost always fails to meet the required code.

For example, if someone were to convert a commercial space to residential space without permission, it is a virtual certainty that this would be not up to code, as it would be a per se violation. Unfortunately, most cases are not quite as clear and can raise very complicated questions, which is why most attorneys do not touch these cases--however, our legal team doesn't shy away from the challenge.

We serve clients in Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, El Cerrito, San Leandro and Hayward.

Virtually every home in California is subject to the California Building Code and is required to meet minimum safety requirements. Yet, thousands of rental units in the East Bay are not up to code and endanger tenants. Our legal team at Clancy & Diaz, LLP, proudly fights on behalf of tenants who are injured because their landlords would rather collect rent than follow the law.

The following are some of our most prominent successes on behalf of our clients injured due to dangerous conditions:

  • $3,000,000 – dangerous railing
  • $1,300,000 - dangerous stairs/handrail
  • $700,000 - dangerous field
  • $280,000 - dangerous property
  • $150,000 - defective fence
  • $135,000 - dangerous stairs
  • $100,000 - dangerous stairs/handrail

Contact Our Oakland Personal Injury Lawyers Today

Whether you have been injured due to a dangerous stairway or not, our legal team wants to fight for your safety. If you live in a rental unit and you think it might be dangerous, don't hesitate to reach out to our experienced and dedicated Oakland personal injury lawyers, a member of our team will personally visit the area in question. We will evaluate the location free of charge and free of obligation--because your safety is our priority.

Schedule an initial consultation with a member of our team by calling us at (800) 409-8075.