Much of our lives are spent walking from one destination to another. This might be short distances or longer journeys of a few miles. In either case, we don’t think too much about walking. We just do it.
However, as we get around on foot, our brain is constantly assessing hazards that may obstruct our path. Most of the time, we anticipate hazards and manage to avoid them. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and we may end up slipping or falling.
On their own, slip-and-fall accidents are dangerous but that danger is heightened when a fall occurs on a stairway. Falling down the stairs can result in severe injuries and may even prove to be fatal in some circumstances.
How common are stairway accidents?
Over 1 million people are injured every year by falling down the stairs. These falls occur in a range of places, from the home setting to department stores and even care facilities. Senior citizens aged 85 or older, children under three and adults in their early 20s are especially at risk.
How do these accidents happen?
While some accidents are unpreventable, many could have been stopped. Perhaps you have ventured up a stairway and caught your foot as you climb? This often happens because the measurements between stairs are unequal. Uneven stair surfaces present a severe trip hazard. It is also pivotal the owners or management of premises provide guardrails and safety rails, especially when vulnerable people are using the facility.
What injuries can occur?
A person would need to be very lucky to walk away unscathed after falling down the stairs. These incidents often result in broken bones, head trauma, back injuries and even internal bleeding. Symptoms vary with these injuries, but they can be fatal in the most severe cases.
As you navigate your way around on foot, you need to look out for hazards. Property owners also have a responsibility to ensure that visitors are as safe as possible. If you have been injured after a fall, the legal system may offer you a chance to pursue compensation for the harm you have suffered.