Many people use stairs on a regular basis, from getting to work to accessing the train station or when shopping at the supermarket. Regular upkeep of external steps and internal staircases is necessary to prevent individuals from slipping or falling downstairs, which can result in significant injuries such as broken bones, back injuries or head injuries.
If you injured yourself because a stairway was poorly lit or steps were slippery, you may be eligible to make a personal injury claim. At Graham Coffey & Co, our experienced injury solicitors in Manchester represent individuals who have suffered in a variety of slip-and-fall accidents, including those that occur on stairs or steps. Contact our experienced solicitors to schedule a free consultation today.
Guidance for Individuals Hurt on Stairs in the UK
We understand that many people do not know their rights well enough to pursue compensation for a slip or fall on stairs. Perhaps they are embarrassed about the incident. However, your claim may be worth more than you think.
Staircase accidents can occur anywhere, but the most common places include pubs or clubs, which are often dimly lit to provide atmosphere; restaurants or clubs; train stations or London Tube stations; supermarkets or shopping centres; or office buildings. While individuals are responsible to watch where they are going, many staircase accidents occur through no fault of the injured person, but rather due to circumstances such as:
- Missing or broken steps
- Poorly lit steps or stairs internally or outside
- Unmarked stairs
- Missing or broken handrails
- Slipping on stairs with metal edges, which become extremely slippery when wet
- Leakages that may spill over onto steps, making them slippery
- Failure to provide signs when cleaning or waxing stairs is in progress
- Steps that have been overgrown with weeds, leading to weaker or crumbling foundation
- Slipping on mould or moss
- Weak wooden steps damaged by wet weather
The Occupiers' Liability Act 1957 tasks property owners and occupiers with ensuring all areas of the property are safe and free of obstructions that may cause injury to lawful visitors. Where this duty has been ignored or poorly carried out, our Manchester solicitors can assist you in seeking maximum compensation for the injuries you have sustained.