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Fell Down the Steps? What You Need to Do First to Help Your Idaho Premises Liability Case


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6/15/2014
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You’re walking on the sidewalk towards your apartment building on a cold, snowy night. You encountered a few spots of black ice on the way home, and hope don’t hit any on the stairs in front of your building. Unfortunately, the steps are slippery and you fall—hurting your shoulder as you land. You could have an Idaho premises liability case on your hands, but unless you perform a few crucial steps afterwards, your case will likely fail.

Look at the Carpet or Wood

If you take a tumble down the steps, one of the first things you should do is take a good look at them. Worn-down carpet or wood on the run of the step—or the part where you place your feet—can cause you to slip and slide down the steps. Examine the steps and take pictures of any defect you spot.

Check for Slippery Surfaces

Highly polished wood is extremely slippery and can cause your foot to slide, sending you down the stairs. If this happens to you, take pictures of the staircase, as it could help prove that you were not at fault for your fall.

Wet and Icy Outdoor Stairs

Although special consideration should be taken when walking on stairs in inclement weather, the owner of the premises could still be held accountable when an injury occurs. The owner should shovel or take the necessary precautions to keep the stairs safe. When he or she does not, you may be able to file a lawsuit.

You shouldn’t have to pay for medical bills related to an accident that is caused by the negligence of the business owner. An Idaho premises liability lawyer may be able to help you get the compensation you are entitled to, helping to pay for the costs of your treatment.

Contact the Morton Law Offices to discuss your situation. We will do all we can to assist you.

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