Claims for Falling Down Stairs

If you’ve fallen down a set of stairs due to somebody else’s negligence, you are entitled to make a claim for your injuries. Regardless of how you were injured, if the accident could have been avoided, YouClaim can take you through the steps you need to take to claim compensation.

Our solicitors have many years’ experience in personal injury law and will be able to determine who is at fault, gather the relevant evidence act with your best interests in mind to get you the compensation you deserve.

To speak to a lawyer about making a claim, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by calling 0800 10 757 95 or by using our e-chat function. Alternatively, fill in our online enquiry form and let us know a suitable time to get back to you. 

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Causes of accidents on stairs

There are many things that can cause you to take a tumble down a flight of stairs, but the most common reasons we have seen include:

  • Wet steps
  • Worn carpets
  • Polished tiles
  • Snow or ice on outdoor stairs
  • Items left on stairs

The construction of the stairs can also be responsible for injuries, particularly if the work carried out is not in line with UK standards. Examples include failure to fit a handrail when there should be one and inconsistent height and depth of steps. 

Types of injuries

Tripping over steps or something left on the stairs is not uncommon, however, falling down a flight of stairs can lead to serious injuries and, in some cases, has been known to be fatal. Injuries commonly associated with accidents on stairs include:

  • Damage to the head, back or neck
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Fractured and broken bones
  • Sprains
  • Whiplash

Regardless of how you have been injured, if the accident that caused it was due to somebody else’s negligence, then you are entitled to make a claim for compensation.

Who is responsible?

Responsibility for an injury depends on where the stairs are located, as individuals and organisations are responsible for different types of property. 

In the home

In an ordinary home, stair carpets and their fastenings make tripping more likely. If a professional fitter was employed to fit the carpet, they could be responsible for an accident if they failed to secure a loose edge.

At work

Workplaces sometimes sacrifice functionality for corporate image, installing a staircase that looks good or heavily polishing steps. If steps are not appropriate to walk on, it makes them a hazard, which could lead to an injury. In addition, many exterior fire exit staircases are made from metal and, if not maintained properly, can cause an accident during an emergency.

Your employer is responsible for ensuring staircases are risk-free. If they have failed in their duty of care and you suffer an accident, then you are entitled to make a claim for compensation.

In a public place

The management of the public space is obliged to ensure the steps are in a safe condition by ensuring they are clean and repairing problems quickly and efficiently.

If you are injured on a staircase in a public building and it was due to the negligence of others, you can claim from the management of the building as they are responsible for any injuries sustained.

How YouClaim can help

All of our solicitors are specialists in personal injury and members of the Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel. That’s why you can rest assured your case will be in the hands of an experienced professional from start to finish; one who will act with integrity and professionalism at every step of your claim.

If a business owner, company or individual is found responsible for your accident on their stairs, we can ensure they cover any expenses you encounter. Settlements can be invaluable to help towards the cost of lost earnings, medical-related expenses and extra care given by family or friends, so it’s important you have a solicitor you can trust will perform to the best of their abilities to help you claim for compensation.

Get started today

To start your claim, call us today on 0800 10 757 95, speak to us online via our live chat or fill in our online enquiry form and let us know a suitable time get in touch with you.