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What evidence do I need for a premises liability case in which I fell down the steps?

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You’ve walked down enough steps in your life to know how to use them properly. Unfortunately, this time you took a tumble and have been injured. Since you weren’t in your home, you don’t think you should be held responsible for the costs associated with your recovery, and you plan on filing an Idaho premises liability case. You’ll need the proper evidence, however, to win and get the compensation you deserve.

Proof of Design Issues

Unless a foreign substance was found on the steps—such as water, snow or ice—your attorney will likely examine the design of the staircase and look for any flaws. Some of the problems the attorney will look for include issues with handrails, no handrails, or only one handrail. Additionally, the attorney will examine the height and depth of each step, along with the condition of the steps.

Expert Testimony

Your attorney will likely enlist the assistance of a construction expert to examine the stair case. The expert will take measurements of the stairs and investigate if the steps meet building code.

Obtaining Building Records

Your lawyer may also obtain building records to investigate the maintenance and repair history of the steps. Construction records may be used to examine if the building of the steps violated code in any way.

Injuries from falling down the stairs are often quite severe. You might suffer from broken bones, muscle strains, or even head injuries. Diagnostics and treatment of the problems are often costly, and unless you have the help of an experienced lawyer, you may be held responsible for these fees.

An attorney from the Morton Law Offices may be able to help you with your Idaho premises liability case. Connect with us today to speak with one of our attorneys about your situation.

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Alan Morton
Advocate for Justice/Trial Lawyer