Most office buildings have stairs, whether they lead directly onto the office floor or head into a corridor beyond which the office spaces exist. Many people take the stairs instead of the lift nowadays, mainly because it is a good way to get some extra exercise and to keep fit. Office jobs can after all see you sitting in your chair for hours at a time if you’re not careful.
However you wouldn’t expect to suffer an office stairs accident, since this could keep you off your feet as a result of injury. Few people do go through this experience but those that do may wonder whether it was their fault or someone else’s.
How could an office stairs accident happen?
If a hazard has been positioned or left near the top of the stairs it could easily lead to a fall. For example someone might be mopping the floor and they leave their mop bucket right at the top of the stairs.
Alternatively they may have mopped the floor there and failed to leave warning signs out to tell people about it. Another example could see flaws in the stairs or the area immediately at the top of them, and this could prove to be a tripping hazard.
Falling up or down stairs can incur injuries to the feet, hands (if you put them out to save yourself) or to any other part of the body. Even if the stairs are carpeted and in good condition a fall down several stairs could be all it takes to break one or more bones.
Who is responsible?
This could well be the question you will be asking yourself when you suffer an injury like this. It may not be the first thing that crosses your mind but it is worth asking. If someone else was to blame – perhaps by leaving that mop bucket unattended or perhaps by neglecting to ensure the stairs are safe to use in some other way – you might be able to claim compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline will always be able to assess the situation as you tell it to us, to determine whether a no win, no fee compensation claim could be a possibility for you. Let us work out the situation and pass your details on to a professional injury compensation lawyer if possible. Call us on 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: August 13, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead