Slip and fall accidents are very common. In fact, slip and falls are one of the leading causes for injuries and lawsuits in the United States. There are over 30,000 severe injuries every year due to slip and fall accidents. Some of the more severe injuries come from a slip and fall down a set of stairs.
There are instances when a fall down a staircase is due to nothing more than a careless misstep of the person walking. However, a great proportion of stairway falls are a direct result of negligence by the owner of the property or business.
Some of the causes of staircase slip and falls are:
- Broken stair. It is the owner’s responsibility to make the proper repairs to his property in order to prevent injuries to the public. A broken stair can cause someone to trip or fall down the stairs, causing serious injury.
- Low lighting. Areas that are accessible to the public or to employees should be properly lit, making it safe enough to walk. A shadowy stairway may hinder the walker’s depth perception, causing a misstep.
- Building code violation. For safety reasons, there are certain building codes put in place to keep the public safe. When these codes are ignored or not properly followed, it can put many people in danger.
- No handrail. A handrail should be put in place in order to assist the person on the stairs with their ascent or descent. A set of stairs with no handrail can leave one vulnerable to an accident and injury.
Slip and falls can be dangerous and leave you physically and financially struggling. To seek compensation, contact an experienced attorney at Hupy and Abraham. Call 866-625-2299 today for a free legal consultation.