We are often told that taking the stairs is a healthier option than using the lift when we are at work. This is quite true in many cases – regular exercise of this nature can really add up. However, the last thing you would expect would be to end up falling down stairs at work. Such an incident could leave you with some nasty injuries to recover from – certainly not what you would have been expecting in the first place.
As such you should consider whether there is evidence of negligence that led to the accident taking place to begin with. For example, if stairs are carpeted the carpet should be in good condition and not wearing through in any places. If you caught your foot in a hole of some kind there is the potential you could end up falling as a result. The same would apply if the carpet wasn’t properly fitted in the first place and you caught your foot up in it.
How dangerous could falling down stairs at work be?
Clearly there is the potential for this to be a rather nasty accident. You might only fall a few stairs and manage to stop yourself from being hurt in any serious way. However, if you cannot break your fall, or you fall down a significant flight, you can see that more serious injuries could be possible.
While many people manage to survive such falls without incurring any serious injuries, others end up breaking one or more bones in the process. You might fall on your rear and break your coccyx. You could break an arm, leg, wrist or ankle in the fall. You might end up with head injuries if you fall head-first. Whatever happens it could potentially be quite serious and if the accident occurred due to negligence these injuries would not even be your fault.
Obviously any fall should require you to be checked out for injuries. If your injuries are very slight, first aid might suffice. However any broken bones that are suspected should be attended to at a casualty department. They will be able to assess you to determine how bad the fall was.
Does this fall sound familiar and bring back memories for you? If you’ve suffered something similar within the last three years, call us at Accident Advice Helpline today. Just call 0800 689 0500 for free now.
Date Published: June 18, 2015
Author: David Brown
Category: Accident at work claim