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November 3, 2014

Falls Down stairs can Result in Serious Injuries and Substantial Recovery for Victims

fall down stairsThe National Safety Council (NSC) reports [1] that falls account for approximately 9 million emergency room visits each year. While falls can be dangerous in any setting, when they occur on stairs they can particularly serious. When a person falls while in a stairwell, they often fall much farther than they would have had they fallen on ground. In addition, falling on stairs often involves multiple points of impact between the victim and the stairs or floor. Consequently, the injuries that people sustain in stairwell falls can be extremely serious. Many victims whose accidents occurred on someone else’s property or because of faulty flooring or construction will be able to recover for their injuries and other losses, so it is important that they discuss their options with an attorney as soon as possible.

Injuries associated with falls down stairs

Like other accidents involving an unintentional fall, the injuries that victims can sustain can be extremely varied. Some of the more common include the following:

  • Broken bones
  • Bruising
  • Sprains
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal injuries

When these injuries are serious, they may result in significant medical complications and emotional and physical pain. In some cases, victims may be unable to work and even develop disabilities that significantly affect their quality of life.

Negligence can cause stairwell accidents

In order for victims to successfully bring a legal claim, they need to be able to establish that their accident was the result of someone else’s negligence [2]. In the context of a stairwell fall case, negligence can take a variety of forms, but often includes the following:

  • Broken hand rails
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Slippery surfaces
  • Holes or weaknesses in flooring
  • Torn carpet
  • Stairs that are too steep or narrow

Proving negligence can be a legally complicated issue, so anyone affected by a slip and fall accident should be certain to secure legal representation as soon as possible after an accident occurs. Furthermore, it is important that victims seek medical attention after a fall down stairs, even if they do not believe that they are injured or think their injuries are insignificant. Some complications associated with fall injuries may take hours or even days to arise, and seeing a medical professional will make sure that any injuries you have are identified and treated.

[1] http://www.nsc.org/safety_home/HomeandRecreationalSafety/Falls/Pages/Falls.aspx

[2] http://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/negligence

 

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