Shopping mall staircases can be difficult to navigate at the best of times, but lacking handrails can significantly increase the risk of injury by falling up or down the stairs.
Slips, trips and falls without handrails
It is fairly easy to slip on staircases during wet weather periods; trip over a step when trying to climb stairs loaded with packages, or lose your footing and fall on the way down. When suitable handrails are provided, it is often possible to prevent serious injuries during such incidents by grabbing hold of the rail. If there is no rail, however, there is nothing to stop a fall. Injuries resulting from shopping mall accidents involving staircases lacking handrails can range from bruises, cuts and minor abrasions, to broken limbs and even serious head or back injuries.
Depending on when your accidental injury was incurred, and who was ultimately responsible for the incident, you may qualify for personal injury compensation. In order to be eligible for injury compensation, your injuries must have been incurred within 36 months prior to making the claim, and responsibility must be proven to lie with the store or other party.
Establishing eligibility to claim for compensation
Accident Advice Helpline offers an easy way of finding out whether or not you are eligible to claim by providing a compensation calculator on their website. This calculator takes just seconds to fill in, and responses are provided very quickly, which is why it is also known as the 30-second test. Making a call to Accident Advice Helpline’s 24/7 Freephone number on 0800 689 0500 is an equally quick and easy option. Calls are confidential and callers are not put under any obligation to use Accident Advice Helpline to initiate a claim.
Accident Advice Helpline
Sponsored by the UK’s favourite consumer champion and well-known TV personality Esther Rantzen, Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm with 13 years’ of experience in dealing with public liability, and other personal injury claims. Legal professionals dedicated to ensuring consumers get the compensation they deserve offer their services under conditional fee agreements (no win, no fee*).
Date Published: December 15, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Accident in a shopping centre