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Property owners may be held liable for unsafe stairs

On Behalf of | May 26, 2016 | Premises Liability

Slip and fall accidents are extremely common and can cause very serious injuries. We are all subject to the laws of gravity, and when we lose balance or trip, the landing can be quite unpleasant. The further we fall, the harder we land, and the more likely we are to suffer harm. A fall down stairs can be especially devastating because it typically involves a series of impacts as the body hits stair after stair before coming to a halt.

Since such falls hold the potential for causing severe injuries, it is incumbent upon property owners to make sure that their stairs are in good condition and safe for use. To this end, there are a number of things property owners can do to help ensure that no one takes a tumble on their stairs.

For example, it is a good idea to refrain from polishing wood stairs to too bright a sheen. Well-polished stairs can be slick and dangerous. Additionally, slip guards can be placed on wood stairs to help provide traction. Carpeted stairs can also be treacherous if the carpet is worn out. Worn out carpet should be replaced.

Also critical to stair safety are handrails. Handrails should be installed according to building codes in regards to height and any other relevant specifications. Stairways should also be kept clear of obstacles and be well lit for optimum safety.

Property owners should be informed if their stairs pose unnecessary risks. Hopefully, the owner will take appropriate steps to correct the problem.

Property owners have a duty of care to make sure that those who come onto their premises are not exposed to hazards. If you should be injured using dangerous stairs, you may want to contact a personal injury attorney who handles premises liability cases. The attorney can investigate the cause of your accident and help you determine a course of action to take for getting appropriate compensation to cover medical costs and other expenses.