Defective Stair Design

Standing Up For Your Rights Following Injury

Stairs are more than a part of the interior design of a home or commercial building. They are fundamental parts of a building's safety structure. When a staircase is badly designed and you or a loved one is hurt as a result, you have legal options. A lawyer can give you advice and information about your legal claim and the steps that you can take to help you move forward following injury.

At MacGillivray Injury and Insurance Law, we have the knowledge and experience to help you when your injury is the result of complex factors, including defective building and staircase design. We work diligently to get you the resources you need to recover from injury.


When we walk down a flight of stairs, we do not usually do so with caution. We make the reasonable assumptions that the stairs are free of hazards and that the handrails are safe. Unfortunately, when stair design is defective, injury can result. Some of the problems with a staircase that can cause an accident are:

  • Handrails on one side only

  • Space between rails is too wide, causing risk to children who could slip through

  • Lack of insufficient weight-bearing capacity

Stairs are meant to be used for support. When they cannot hold a sufficient amount of weight or provide an insufficient barrier to prevent a fall, this may be considered defective stair design. At MacGillivray Injury and Insurance Law, we are experienced injury and slip-and-fall claim lawyers who can get to the bottom of what happened to you and who might be at fault for your injuries. We have offices in Halifax, St. John’s and New Glasgow, and we will arrange phone intakes and house calls for people in other areas of Atlantic Canada who cannot travel to one of our offices. Contact us for a free consultation. We will help you determine your best course of action.