Every employer, no matter what kind of business they own, has a duty of care to protect the people who work for them. Workers of all kinds have a right to be able to work in safe conditions that do not result in them being injured in any way. For example, there should be no reason why someone might end up falling down office stairs.
Whenever someone is injured in this kind of accident, it is important to ascertain what happened and why. Sometimes we do just trip and fall, and it is no one’s fault – not even our own. It’s just one of those things. However, in isolated cases there could be the potential for negligence to occur. For example concrete stairs may be in poor condition and do not provide a safe area for you to step onto as you walk downstairs. Conversely a carpeted stairway should be checked regularly to ensure the carpet is not in poor condition.
What happens if you have this kind of fall?
It depends on the situation. In some cases someone might only slip down one or two steps. In other cases they might end up falling much further. The distance a person falls does not necessarily equate to the injuries they might suffer. Falling down office stairs could lead to little more than bruises and being shaken up. On the other hand it could potentially lead to more serious injuries, particularly if you fell head-first.
Accident Advice Helpline is in a position to consider whether these injuries were caused through the negligence of another person, or whether they were simply an accident. When you work in an office you would expect that office to be safe in every respect. This extends to providing safe and well-maintained routes in and out of the building.
Finding good advice
Your first task would of course be to get medical attention. However, from this point on you should consider what happened and what the exact circumstances were that led to your accident.
This can be difficult to do without assistance. However, if you contact Accident Advice Helpline you have a source of no-obligation advice. Calling us on 0800 689 0500 is a great move to make, although you could try the 30-second online test for some fast answers if you wish. Either way you’ll soon know if you can claim.
Date Published: June 18, 2015
Author: David Brown