Why Falls on Staircases Are So Serious

Any type of fall accident has the potential to lead to serious injuries and permanent disabilities.  There are many factors that can result in a fall injury and stairs have been cited as a culprit in numerous slip and fall and trip and fall accidents.  Stairs have been around since ancient times, yet staircases are still a major fall hazard.

People trip and fall on staircases on a regular basis. Some even sustain fatal injuries.  It has been estimated that thousands are injured in staircase accidents every year.  From 2001 to 2002, the American National Council on Compensation Insurance found that the cost associated with fall injuries was second only to auto accidents.

So, what are the reasons why someone may have fallen on a staircase?  There are many possible explanations for this kind of accident including:
 
  • Loss of balance
  • Failure to use handrail
  • Broken stair
  • Poor design
  • Building code violation
  • Inadequate lighting

While some staircase accidents are due to our own carelessness, whether that means not paying attention to where we are stepping or going too fast up or down the stairs, many times it is the actions of the property owners that lead to these accidents.

When you fall down the stairs, you risk suffering broken bones, head injury and severe sprains.  You also put yourself in danger of sustaining a permanent injury.

If you have fallen on stairs on someone else’s property, whether it was in an apartment complex, office building or other location, you may be able to hold the property owner liable.  Slip and fall cases are personal injury claims that could entitle you to compensation.

For more information regarding your rights as a fall victim, contact an experienced Los Angeles slip and fall attorney at Steinberg Injury Lawyers at (800) 989-6385.  Our Los Angeles accident attorneys have successfully resolved more than 12,000 injury cases and can help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Peter Steinberg, Esq.
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Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Since 1982