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Stairway Trip & Fall

We walk up and down stairways each day without a thought, but this simple action carries big risks. According to the National Safety Council, there are more than one million injuries on stairways across the country each year, and some of those injuries prove fatal. Stairways in Hollywood stores, apartments, and other buildings can pose tripping and falling risks that are more serious than you may imagine.

Have you been injured on a stairway at work or in a place of business? You may have a legal claim against the property owner that allows you to pursue compensation for the many expenses you may face as a result of your injury. To find out more, contact Flaxman Law Group to arrange a free case consultation. Flaxman Law Group is a law firm with offices in Hollywood, Homestead, and Florida. Our team is pleased to assist plaintiffs across South Florida.

Why Do Stairway Trip and Fall Accidents Happen?

There are many reasons why stairway accidents happen:

  • Distraction
  • Poor lighting
  • Lack of adequate railings
  • Slippery step surfaces
  • Torn or worn rugs on stairs
  • Violence
  • Inadequate signs
  • Uneven steps

When accidents involving stairs happen in apartment or condo buildings, on business properties, in hotels, and on any public property, those who are injured may have the option of pursuing the property owner and other liable parties in a civil case if the accident was caused by negligence. To find out whether you have a claim, you may wish to speak with a personal injury attorney about your situation.

Staying Safer on Stairs

There are many ways to stay safer on stairs:

  • Wear sensible shoes when walking or when out running errands
  • Do not walk on stairs while texting or otherwise distracted
  • Hold onto the railing when descending or ascending stairs
  • Slow down enough to walk up or down stairs safely
  • Do not run up two or three stairs at a time
  • Use extra caution on wet days, when even indoor stairs can become wet when people track rain indoors
  • Look to see whether there are obstacles on the stairs or other hazards
  • If you notice broken stairs or other dangers, report the issue at once

Of course, even if you do everything right and use added caution, broken stairs and other problems can lead you to trip and fall. In these cases, it is your right to ask questions and to get the cause of your accident investigated.

What to do if You Have Been Injured on a Stairway

If you have fallen down a stairway outside your home, you will want to get medical help and legal advice right away. Secure as much documentation as you can about your case, including photos of the stairs and the contact information of any witnesses. Pursuing compensation is your right if your injuries were caused through negligence.

If you are ready to pursue justice and compensation, contact Flaxman Law Group at any time for a free case review about your situation. Flaxman Law Group is a South Florida law firm offering legal services to Miami-Dade County, South Miami Heights, Broward County, Palm Beach County, and surrounding areas from three offices in Hollywood, Homestead, and Miami. If you have been injured, we would be pleased to offer you a free consultation so that you can discuss your questions and concerns with a sympathetic legal professional.