Do you take stairs for granted? You possibly do – many people use them in all manner of different buildings, both public and private, without really thinking about it. However, you might realise that without stairs you wouldn’t be able to easily go from one floor to the next in a building without having to wait for a lift.
As you can probably imagine, falling down stairs in public can be embarrassing. However, if the fall results in one or more injuries, embarrassment will be the least of your concerns. In addition to this you might feel upset by the incident since it was someone else’s fault it occurred in the first place. This would be the case if the stairs were poorly maintained or were otherwise dangerous in some way.
What conditions might lead to falling down stairs in public?
Stairs might be slippery in wet or cold conditions, especially if they are made from concrete or some other similar material. For example metal stairs can be potentially slippery if the weather conditions are bad. If you were to fall as a result you could end up sustaining some serious injuries. In other cases very old stairs could be very worn and uneven and this might also make it much harder to walk down them safely.
Companies such as Accident Advice Helpline are often able to consider the circumstances surrounding a fall of this nature. For example we will assess the condition of the stairs and what happened, as well as what led up to the accident itself. This might result in the circumstances to lead to a compensation claim.
What kinds of injuries could be sustained in this kind of fall?
As you can imagine a stair fall can be quite serious in some cases. While some people only fall a few steps others might be unlucky enough to fall down an entire staircase. Whatever might occur, there is a possibility you could suffer from sprains, bruises, cuts and possibly broken bones in various parts of your body.
If you’ve suffered injuries like this and you suspect someone else might be at fault, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500. Regardless of where the stairs were, if they were in a public place and they were not well maintained, you might be able to make a successful claim via our no win, no fee* process.
Date Published: June 18, 2015
Author: David Brown