Many buildings have stairs in place that do not receive any light from the outside. Some might have the stairs situated to the side of the building, in which case natural light will flood in during the day. Even then, though, the stairs will become dark in the evenings and at night unless proper lighting is provided. If you have tripped on unlit steps, you will know what an alarming experience it can be.
This might potentially happen if the bulbs in a particular area have gone out and have not been replaced. If you have no alternative but to use the stairs, you may not be able to seen them properly. Furthermore, it would not be as easy to see any potential hazards that might be there either.
Injuries that could result from such a fall
It is pure instinct to put your hands out to try and prevent the fall from being worse than it could otherwise be. However, you never know what to expect in this situation, and you could end up suffering multiple injuries. A lot will depend on where you are on the stairs when you suffer your fall. Even if you are going upstairs, you can still suffer an accident by tripping on them.
This might occur if you are wearing soft shoes, or those with open toes. This puts your own toes at risk of being broken if you catch them awkwardly because you cannot see where you are going. Furthermore, you might end up with a broken bone in your foot if you fall on it awkwardly as you trip up.
What can be done about this?
The company responsible for the building will have a clear duty to provide a safe place for people to use and work, depending on what the building is there for. Visitors and workers should always be able to use the stairs safely, and if you tripped on unlit steps, you could well have a good argument to put forward to receive compensation for your injuries.
Accident Advice Helpline could take care of the entire process for you, if we believe there is a good chance of winning such a claim. Call today on 0800 689 0500 to find out more, or try the online test that is fast and free to complete. We are ready to answer your queries.
Date Published: June 19, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead