Visitor Question

Facial Scar from Falling Down Stairs Into Glass…

Submitted By: Ashley (Schenectady, New York)

I was coming down the stairs at a friend’s home when I fell into the glass at the bottom of the staircase. The glass broke into large pieces resulting in a deep laceration above my lip. I then called 911. When the ambulance arrived they taped my face to control the bleeding. I went to the emergency room where I received two layers of stitches.

I now have a pretty bad scar on my face. The area is very numb and tight and I’m currently unable to smile.

Do I have a personal injury lawsuit if I fell at the bottom of a staircase into untempered glass on a rental property? What should I do? Thanks.

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Dear Ashley,

From the facts you present it’s difficult to tell you with any certainty if you have a case against the landlord. Most landlords carry liability insurance, especially to cover these types of events.

When you say you fell at the bottom of the stairs into some glass, it would be important to know what glass, who placed the glass there, and the reason you fell onto it.

Your injuries are quite serious. Under some circumstances we suggest our readers consider representing themselves. In your case we would strongly urge you to consider the counsel and advice of a skilled Personal Injury Attorney.

Research attorneys in your area. Most will not charge any fee for an initial office consultation. If they accept your case you will not have to pay any legal fees, expert costs, or other related expenses related to the prosecution of your case against the landlord. All those fees will be taken out of the final settlement amount.

Skilled Personal Injury Attorneys accept these types of cases on contingency fee bases. In most cases that means your attorney will only be paid if, and when, she prevails in your case. Prevailing can include settling your case or winning it at trial.

If in the unlikely event your attorney is not successful, you will owe her nothing; not even the costs paid for evidence in the form of expert testimony or other expenses necessary to prove your case.

Learn more here: Permanent Injury Compensation

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney.

Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here, or call 888-972-0892.

We wish you the best with your claim,


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