Indoors, if you slip, trip, or fall because part of the property is damaged or in ill-condition, you may hold the property owner, tenant or management company responsible. In most cases, these defects that cause injuries are preventable and are the result of poor building maintenance, or outright violations of building safety codes.
Regardless of how you were injured, if you slipped and fell, speak with an attorney to explore your options.
Property owners are required to keep their floors free from debris and other tripping hazards. Some examples of violations of building and safety codes for floors include:
- Torn or Worn Carpeting – Carpeting must be free from tears, bulging areas and worn spots that create a tripping hazard. Also, any items sticking up that can catch on footwear, such as carpet tacks, are a violation of safety codes.
- Uneven Floorboards – Floorboards must be even and cannot have individual boards cracked or rising to create an uneven surface.
Stairs are a common place for falls. When stairs are frequently used, the materials quickly become worn. Also, when a building is constructed, codes require that the stairs are at specific heights and intervals, and have a handrail.
Property owners are liable for any slip and fall accidents that occur on these stairs when they know there is a dangerous condition. Also, if their stairwell is in a violation of building and safety codes, they will be liable for those injuries.
Common violations for stairwells include:
- Broken or missing handrails
- Stairs that have a slick material surface
- Steps that are rounded
- Stairs that are too steep in between stairs
Can You Use a Building Code Violation to Win a Slip and Fall Case?
If a building code or safety code violation exists, you need evidence that the owner is liable for such violation. Without the documented evidence, it becomes the plaintiff’s word against the defendant’s. Code violations are not the same as negligence cases.
In Savannah, all counties use the municipal building codes for the IBC, IRC and so forth. The local governments also use the ISPSC, IEBC, and IPMC depending on the type of structure and its date of construction.
Hold Building Owners, Manufacturers, and Property Tenants Accountable
If you or a loved one is injured in a slip and fall due to a building code violation, you can hold the owner or tenant responsible for your injuries.
To do so, you must first contact a personal injury attorney. After you have reported the incident to the building manager or property owner, make your next call to Clarke Nash.
As a Savannah personal injury advocate, he understands the frustrations of being injured on another’s property, and he will advocate for your right to collect compensation for your injuries.
To explore your options, schedule a free consultation with him now at 912-200-5292 or request more information online.