Falls Involving Staircases and Handrails in SC
A fall on a stairway can cause serious injury or death. In too many cases, those who are injured in falls on staircases in South Carolina have fallen because of defects in the stairs or handrails, or because a stairway is cluttered or poorly lit. Some falls happen on unmarked steps in places where walkers don’t expect them.
Property owners, occupants and other responsible parties have a duty to ensure that stairs and handrails on their premises are reasonably safe. Contractors and others who design, build and install stairs and handrails have a legal obligation to ensure the work they do results in safe staircases.
If property owners, managers or others know about problems with a staircase or handrail, and the hazard leads to a fall, they may be held liable for resulting injuries.