Thousands of people trip and fall on stairs every year. These cases deserve special consideration because dangerous conditions in stairs are not always clear to the untrained eye. For example, most persons are not fully aware how important it is for steps to be built in a uniform manner. When steps are uneven, a person's balance can be thrown off, leading to dangerous falls.
It is always a good idea to consult with a personal injury lawyer whenever you experience a fall in a stairway. A competent personal injury lawyer will contact an architectural expert who can determine whether the steps or stairs were designed in compliance with building codes.
Every state has a building code that must be followed by property owners. These codes establish requirements that the stair be uniform in terms of size, height and angle. All steps have a vertical part called the "riser" and a horizontal part called the "run". The building code requires a maximum and minimum measurement for the height of the riser and for the depth of the run. If you have suffered a fall on steps or stairs, you should measure the dimensions of the steps where the accident happened to determine whether it meets the building code. If you suspect that the steps do not meet the code, you should contact a personal injury attorney to represent you in filing a claim against the property owner.