How to Stay Safe on a Staircase
Slips and falls on a staircase happen every day and are a leading cause of emergency room visits. Some falls are due to shoddy upkeep or poor lighting. Others are due to a wet or slippery surface. Whatever the reason, the consequences can be monumental, especially for older adults. Let’s examine the nature of these potentially devastating calamities and the injuries that result. We’ll also provide some tips about how to prevent them from happening.
Incidence of Slips and Falls
Close to nine million people fall every year. About 800,000 individuals are hospitalized because of a fall, and roughly 95 percent of hip fractures are due to a fall. They are also a leading cause of traumatic brain injuries. In addition, roughly 300,000 older individuals are hospitalized every year with one out of every four falling. The tremendous impact this has individually and in the community is immense. There is no doubt that falls are a major contributor to serious injury.
Turn to the Law Firm That Cares
At Morris Law, we care about every client and do our best to ensure the outcome of their case is successful. However, we also worry about the trauma they are experiencing. That is why we are quick to respond to their questions and make sure they are part of the decision-making process. Knowing you can talk to a compassionate attorney or staff member whenever you need to soften the impact of serious injury on your life.
We are there for your family too. If you have suffered a slip and fall, give us a call at (843) 232-0944 in the Myrtle Beach area, or contact us online to schedule a free, no-obligation review. We can examine your case and tell you what your options are going forward. Remember, we work on a contingency basis, which means that you will not pay a thing until your case is won.
Why Some People Have a Greater Chance of Suffering a Staircase Fall
Everyone is subject to staircase falls but some more than others. There are a few conditions that predispose you to this:
- Balance and walking difficulties
- A vitamin D deficiency
- Vision problems
- Improper fitting shoes
- Medicines that affect balance
- Hazards in the home or place of work
- A poorly maintained staircase
Studies show that those using a staircase concentrate and look at the first step and the final three. The remainder is automatically negotiated. So it stands to reason that the top and bottom steps should be emphasized. Here are some ideas:
- If the staircase is not in a well-lit area, adding low-placed lighting will help.
- Paint the top surface of the steps a different color such as yellow.
Climbing a staircase can be difficult for some if handrails or stair guards are not present. Both give the climber something to hold on to and can make a huge difference for those having difficulty navigating the steps. Guardrails prevent a person from falling off the open side of the staircase. Handrails are usually placed on the closed side of the steps and should extend the length of the staircase.
Remember, a person climbing the staircase may be able to see the individual steps but not the riser between them. This can be addressed by assuring that there is plenty of light. Some staircases add small lights on each level to highlight the steps. Whatever you choose should be maintained properly since worn step colors and lights might fail with time.
South Carolina Premises Liability Lawyer
If you fall due to inadequately maintained or poorly planned staircases, you might be eligible to file a lawsuit against the homeowner or the owner of a commercial establishment or government building. Some injuries take time and medical or surgical and rehabilitative efforts to heal. Reach out to the Morris Law Firm to get started. You can call us at (843) 232-0944 or contact us online.