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Denver Defective Staircases Attorney

Stairs in a property can be deceptively dangerous. If they are not constructed through specific requirements, they may cause a number of serious injuries and accidents. Builders and property owners must follow these requirements when building a staircase. Otherwise, if a person gets injured on the staircase, they may be held liable for all damages.

For a person’s safety, stairs must meet or exceed certain guidelines.

Depth and Height of Stairs

The height of a step is called a “riser” and the depth of a step is called the “run.” There are minimum and maximum allowable sizes for the riser and run of a step so they can be used safely.

Stair Variance

In addition to the size of the riser and run, there are also requirements related to the variance. The variance is the difference between the size of the steps. Uneven steps are dangerous because our brain memorizes the size of the step, so we know where to place our foot on the next step. It creates a tripping hazard if the information our brain is counting on is different.


There is clear negligence if a handrail is absent when there should have been one. Improperly placed handrails can also cause injury.

Other Defects

Other possible defects can be tilted steps, loose carpeting or boards, broken tile, poor lighting, and slippery tread.


Although many falls on stairs result in minor injury, major falls create major injuries. Common serious injuries from falling on stairs are:

According to the National Safety Council, “falls are the third leading cause of unintentional death in the U.S., accounting for nearly 32,000 deaths in 2014.”


To establish liability, it must be established that the staircase is defective. Once that has been established, it must be determined that the injury you sustained was caused by the defect.

Property owners or managers have a responsibility to keep their property in good repair. If the accident was preventable and the owner or manager didn’t do anything to prevent it, they may be liable for your injuries.

Not all defects can be easily fixed but, at the very least, the responsible party should have made you aware of the potential danger so you could take appropriate action to avoid injury.

Determining liability for defective stairs can be tricky. For example, if the stairs are tile and were installed improperly, the contractor may be liable for your fall. If the tile itself is defective, the manufacturer may share in the blame.

Your Team

It’s important to assemble a team of trusted and highly skilled experts to guide you through the complexities of a defective stairs case. The team of attorneys at Jordan, Herington & Rowley are experienced and successful. We have secured millions of dollars worth of judgments and settlements for our clients. A results-oriented team, we have a strong reputation in the community for being highly communicative and honest with our clients about their cases.

It’s important to us that you have a voice, so we are available 24/7. When you work with Jordan, Herington & Rowley, you can rest easy knowing that you have a dedicated, compassionate team on your side.

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