If you have ever fallen down a flight of stairs, you’ll know all too well how frightening and painful it can be. It is an accident that can happen in mere seconds, and cause injuries that can take weeks if not longer to heal. The consequences of accidents on stairs include broken bones, possible head injuries and also the potential to hurt other areas of your body.
Needless to say, the ideal situation is to avoid such accidents in the first place. You can do this quite easily at home, but if you visit public places or you work in a building with stairs, it is the responsibility of the person who maintains that building or owns it to make sure it is safe. This includes maintaining the stairs and stairwells.
How can a fall down stairs be dangerous?
If you have an accident on a set of stairs, you may trip or lose your footing. Once this happens, it is very easy indeed to tumble all the way to the bottom of that flight of stairs. Moreover, if the stairs are crowded and someone else falls and knocks into you, this could send you into a fall as well.
If you land on your bottom, it is very easy to break your coccyx, otherwise known as your tailbone. This is a very painful injury that can take weeks (or longer) to heal. It may never properly knit back together again, and yet there is no treatment to ensure it does. Additionally, other bones can be broken if you try and break your fall in some other way. Broken fingers or hands might occur, and you may even hit your head if you fall in a confined space and there are concrete or solid walls to one or both sides of the stairs.
Could we help you?
When you suffer an accident, you have a three-year period in which you can consult a lawyer and begin the process of making a no win, no fee* claim. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we may be able to provide you with that service.
Start by calling 0800 689 0500 to see whether this is the case. If so, you could make a no win, no fee* claim that doesn’t cost you anything unless you get the successful outcome you want. Make sure you contact us today.
Date Published: May 9, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead
Category: Slips, Trips and Falls Claims