Has falling down the stairs caused you to sustain an injury? Are you wondering whether you are able to file a personal injury claim? This article will help guide you through the common causes of falling down a set of stairs, the types of injuries you could suffer, who may be liable for your injury and how much compensation you could be eligible to receive.
Falling down a set of stairs can be a harrowing experience and suffering an injury can be an unsettling feeling. The types of injuries you could receive from such an accident can range from minor to major changes to your quality of life. It can impact your physical activities, mental health and even your ability to work in your current employment.
Contact our advisors today if you want to make a claim for injuries caused by falling the down stairs, they can determine whether you have a valid claim and could pass it to a No Win No Fee solicitor. They will be able to provide you with guidance and can help begin the claiming process. You can get in touch with our advisors by:
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Different types of accidents can happen on stairs. These accidents can happen anywhere there is a set of stairs, this includes at work, in public, while in restaurants or hotels. Many places have a set of stairs that are used frequently by employees or members of the public. However, to make a claim you need to prove a third party owed you a duty of care, that they subsequently breached, and this negligence caused your injury.
There are 4 main areas where you are owed a duty of care:
- A duty of care refers to an employer’s responsibility to provide a reasonably safe working environment for their employees. The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 this outlines the practicable steps an employer can take under their duty of care to provide their employees with a safe and healthy workplace. When employers fail to provide a duty of care causing you to sustain an injury you may be able to claim. If you fall down the stairs at work because your employer was negligent about general housekeeping, such as obstructions or wet floors at work you may be eligible to claim for any injuries and financial losses caused.
- Through the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the Highway Code road users owe each other a duty of care not to cause avoidable accidents.
- In medical settings, such as hospitals, GP’s, dentists and pharmacies, patients are owed a duty of care by medically trained professional not to cause harm that could be avoided.
- And lastly, those who are in control of places the public can visit owe those that frequent these places a duty of care applied by the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957.
As fallen down the stair accidents are more likely to happen at work or public places we have chosen to use these as the two main examples for this article.
Employers and those occupiers of public settings should follow the guidelines established by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) surrounding stair safety, ensuring they keep their employees and members of the public adequately safe. To ensure safety on a set of stairs is achieved ensure the area is:
- Well lit
- Have handrails that are well-secured and at appropriate heights
- Edges should be clearly marked
- Have good slip resistance, particularly on the leading edges as loose carpet and tiles can cause trips.
- Free from obstacles, obstructions and other trip hazards
Falling down stairs can result in a variety of injuries ranging from minor, like surface abrasions and cuts, to major, fractures and dislocations. You could suffer the following injuries after falling down a set of stairs:
- Head injuries – Concussions.
- Back injuries – Soft tissue injuries or damage to the discs.
- Knee injuries – Skin scrapes to dislocations.
- Wrist injuries – Soft tissue injuries to sprains.
- Neck injuries – Whiplash injuries to possible fractures.
However, if you have been injured due to an accident then ensure to get medical advice. Our advisors can help assess the possible slip, trip and fall compensation you could potentially receive.
As we previously mentioned, all employers owe their employees a duty of care in the workplace. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 states that employers should under take risk assessments to assess and control hazards if they cannot be removed. If an employer fails to carry out the assessments this suggests that they have not fulfilled their duty of care.
Under the Occupier’s Liability Act OLA 1957 controllers of spaces such as supermarkets, retail shops, council run facilities, bus stations, restaurants but to name a few must ensure that the areas the public can attend are safe as can be reasonably expected and do not pose avoidable risks.
Contact our advisors if you have any more questions about the concept of a duty of care today.
If your claim for falling down the stairs is successful you will receive compensation. The Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) is a publication that outlines the possible compensation brackets for general damages, which compensate for the illness or injury. The level of compensation awarded depends on the type and severity of the injury you have sustained, for example, this table outlines potential compensation brackets for various injuries:
Injury Compensation Notes
Moderate ankle injury (c) £12,900 to £24,950 Fractures, ligament tears leading to difficulty walking on uneven ground, difficulty with prolonged standing or walking, awkwardness on stairs, metal plate irritation and scarring.
Minor Achilles tendon (d) £6,820 to £11,820 Turning of the ankle causing tendon damage and feeling unsure of ankle support.
Moderate knee injury (i) £13,920 to £24,580 Dislocation, torn cartilage or meniscus with minor instability, weakness, wasting and or mild disability in the future.
Severe neck injuries (iii) £42,680 to £52,540 Fractures or dislocations or severe soft tissue damage and/or tendon ruptures lead to a notable permanent disability. The level awarded depends on symptom amelioration, prognosis and extent of treatment.
Minor back injury (ii) £2,300 to £7,410 Full recovery without surgery between three months and two years.
Moderately Severe Brain Damage (b) £205,580 to £264,650 The level of award is affected by limb paralysis, or cognitive, with marked impairment of intellect.
Less severe post-traumatic stress disorder (d) £3,710 to £7,680 Recovered within one to two years with minor persisting symptoms over longer periods.
Simple fractures of the forearm (d) £6,190 to £18,020 Simple fractures to the forearm.
Wrist injury (d) Rarely exceed £9,620 Complete fracture or soft tissue injury recovery takes longer.
Severe dislocation of the thumb (u) £3,710 to £6,360 Severe dislocation of the thumb.
As part of your claim, you may be eligible to claim for special damages too. Special damages cover the financial costs incurred during your injury and can include:
- Loss of earnings and future income
- Travel to and from medical appointments
- Child care costs
- Gracious care
For more information on claiming compensation for falling down a set of stairs, then get in touch with our advisors today. They will offer you a free consultation without any obligation to use our services. When they can see your case has a good solid chance of succeeding they can offer to connect you with a specialist solicitor. All the solicitors we appoint work on a No Win No Fee basis.
Contact our advisors If you want to start your claim today. They can help determine whether your case has a chance and they may pass it to a No Win No Fee solicitor.
A No Win No Fee agreement, otherwise known as a conditional fee agreement, is very beneficial when hiring a legal representative for your personal injury claim. Your lawyer requires no immediate cost and if your claim fails then you will have to pay nothing to your solicitor for their service.
If your claim succeeds, your lawyer will take a small, legally-capped percentage of your compensation as their success fee to cover their fees. If you want to start a claim today, please get in touch with our advisors by:
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