Falling downstairs has to be one of the most frightening experiences you could have. Your feet can go out from underneath you in mere seconds, leaving you to try and break your fall in whatever way you can. In some cases people are left with relatively minor injuries but this isn’t always the case. In some instances people end up breaking one or more bones as a result of such a fall. Make no mistake – this type of fall is potentially very serious.
Falling down workplace stairs is something that should not happen, at least not unless it is your fault for rushing or not looking where you are going. In some cases people have experienced a fall that was caused because the stairs themselves were in poor condition. For example carpet on the stairs may be worn or torn, or concrete stairs could be crumbling or uneven in nature.
What are the most common injuries suffered in this situation?
To be honest there is a wide range of potential injuries that could be sustained by someone falling down workplace stairs. Thankfully very few people are injured in this way thanks to the dedication and attention to health and safety put in by employers in all manner of businesses. However, when someone does experience a fall of this type they could potentially be seriously injured. It might be possible to break your back or neck or suffer a head injury in this situation. If this did happen it would undoubtedly have a knock-on effect on the rest of your life.
As you can see, there is often ample reason for someone to seek advice from a company such as Accident Advice Helpline. Finding out whether you could make a claim is dependent on whether there is evidence that another individual has been negligent.
All stairs in workplaces should be properly checked and maintained at all times. This will ensure everyone is able to use the stairs without fear of injury. For example exterior stairs should be properly treated in winter to ensure they do not ice up. Interior stairs should be free from obstructions and not degraded in any way.
If this has not happened and you’ve fallen down the stairs in your workplace, see if you could make a no win, no fee** claim today. Call Accident Advice Helpline to find out on 0800 689 0500.