Slip and fall accidents are the second leading cause of injuries in the United States. Thousands of people slip and fall on damaged stairs every year. Trip, slip, and fall accidents that result from damaged stairs are often the responsibility of the property owner.
Types of Damaged Stairs Causing Falls
1. Wooden Stairs and Carpeted Stairs. Slip and fall injuries can be caused by damaged stairs that are slippery. Some types of wooden stair steps are more slippery than others because they have been over-polished, which makes it easy for someone to slip and fall. Other stairways have highly worn carpet that becomes slippery due to high usage. Individuals can easily slip and fall on slippery stairways with thinning carpet and can easily become seriously injured. People can also innocently trip on damaged stairs, if there is a nail protruding from the step. Property owners of damaged stairs that have protruding nails or staples, or slippery wood or carpet surfaces may be liable for compensating injured victims.
2. Outdoor Stairs. Slip and fall injuries are also caused by outdoor stairs that become wet or icy. When rain or snow collects on stairways, then individuals are more likely to slip and fall. If there is a considerable amount of wetness on a stair, the property owner may be held responsible for compensating slip and fall victims for their injuries. If the stair was not built in a way in order to prevent the build-up of the water, then it is possible that the property owner is liable for damages.
Building Codes for Safe Stairs
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), has set certain regulations for stairs in order to prevent slip and fall injuries. These building codes often include handrails for stairs. If the absence or misplacement of the handrail is found to have caused the injury, then the property owner may be liable for the injuries. Additionally, if the height or depth of the stair is not set at the requirement of the building code, then this may be a contributing factor of the slip and fall injury. Lastly, each stair step must be at the same depth and height as the previous, so it doesn’t cause the individual to innocently miss the step based on expectation.
Did you slip and fall on damaged stairs?
You are likely eligible to file a personal injury legal claim and receive compensation. Individuals who have a slip and fall accident can incur serious injuries that may change every area of their personal and professional life.
If you or a family member have been injured from a Florida slip and fall accident caused by damaged stairs, it is important to talk with an experienced South Florida personal injury attorney. If you need assistance to determine if you should pursue your slip and fall claim, the Law Offices of David Benenfeld is here to help. For or a free legal consultation and book call today: [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″].