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Claims for Falling Down Stairs
If you have fallen down a set of stairs due to somebody else’s negligence, you could make a compensation claim for your injuries. Our personal injury solicitors can take you through the steps required to claim compensation by determining who is at fault, gathering evidence, and putting together a strong case.
With significant experience in personal injury law, we are ideally placed to help anyone who has been injured on a staircase. To speak to one of our solicitors about making a claim, call us on 0800 054 6570, or fill in our online enquiry form to request a call back at your convenience.
How JMW Can Help
Our solicitors are experts in personal injury law and will act with integrity and professionalism, providing clear and pragmatic advice while keeping you updated at every step of the claims process.
If a business owner, company, or individual is found responsible for your accident, we can ensure they cover any expenses you encounter, including the cost of lost earnings, medical-related expenses, and extra care provided by family or friends.
Common Causes of Accidents on Stairs
Falling down a flight of stairs can occur as a result of many different causes, but the most common reasons include:
- Wet steps
- Worn carpets
- Polished tiles
- Snow or ice on outdoor stairs
- Items left on stairs
Flaws in the construction of the stairs can also be responsible for injuries, particularly if the work has not been carried out in line with UK standards. Examples include a failure to fit a handrail when one is needed, or stairs being set at an inconsistent height and depth.
Types of Injuries Caused by Falling Down Stairs
Injuries commonly associated with accidents on staircases include:
- Damage to the head, back or neck
- Fractured and broken bones
Regardless of how you have been injured, if the accident that caused it was due to somebody else’s negligence, then you are entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Who is Liable for Injuries Caused by Falling Down Stairs?
Responsibility for an injury depends on where the stairs are located, as individuals and organisations are responsible for different types of property.
In the home
In an ordinary home, stair carpets and their fastenings make tripping more likely. If a professional fitter was employed to fit the carpet, they could be responsible for an accident if they failed to secure a loose edge.
Workplaces sometimes sacrifice functionality for corporate image, installing a staircase that looks good or polishing steps so heavily that they become dangerously slippery. If steps are not safe to walk on, they become a serious injury hazard. In addition, many exterior fire exit staircases are made from metal and, if not maintained properly, can cause an accident during an emergency.
Your employer is responsible for ensuring staircases are risk-free. If they have failed in their duty of care and you suffer an accident, then you are entitled to make a claim for compensation.
In a public place
Property managers of public spaces are obliged to ensure steps and stairs are in a safe condition by ensuring they are clean and repairing any problems quickly and efficiently. If you are injured on a staircase in a public building and it was due to the negligence of others, the management of the building is liable for any injuries sustained.