Injuries From Falling Down Stairs Can Be Serious
Falls can happen in almost any situation, leading to an array of injuries. But when it comes to falls on stairs, physical harm can be severe. Stairway falls can be the result of a property owner not maintaining a safe environment. If you were injured when you fell down a stairway in a shopping mall, grocery store, or restaurant, you may be eligible for financial recovery.
Stairway fall injuries can lead to high doctor bills and may require physical therapy appointments. If you are unsure how you can afford the care you need, either because you have a high deductible on your healthcare insurance or because the appointments required aren’t covered, talk to a Miami personal injury lawyer about your compensation options.
Multiple Injuries Are Possible
There can be multiple injuries sustained when a person slips, trips, or falls down a flight of stairs The following trauma injuries could occur:
- Bruises and cuts
- Dental harm and tooth loss
- Back, neck, and spine injuries
- Head injuries, including concussions
When a head injury happens, the results can mean long recovery times or lifelong issues. Harm to the head can cause cognitive issues and memory problems, for example.
Falls can feel random and out of the blue when they happen, but often there is a reason the injurious action begins. There could be a spill on a step, loose carpeting, or inadequate lighting. Property owners know that handrails need to be working order and caution signs need to be posted when a danger is present. If they fail to maintain or warn, they could be held liable. Florida premise liability laws are in place to protect the public.
After a Stairway Fall, Report the Incident
It is important to report an accident as soon as possible. For instance, if you fell on a staircase in a restaurant, let the manager or other individual in charge know you had an accident and you were injured. Do not make any statements beyond the facts, they may try to get you to say the fall was your own fault. Simply stick to the facts and seek medical attention.
Gathering names of witnesses and taking pictures of the stairway and your injuries can also be helpful. Then, when you meet with your Miami personal injury lawyer, share all of the information you have, including pictures and the name and contact information of staff at the place of business.
While a fall down the stairs can exacerbate health issues for older adults, the reality is falls happen to individuals in every age group. Some walk away from a stair fall with a few bruises. Others are severely injured and need hospital care and surgery. When bills add up, you need financial recovery.
Were you hurt when you fell down a poorly maintained staircase? Have a lawyer review the specifics of your situation to determine if the best path forward is a personal injury claim or a lawsuit. The legal team at Spencer Morgan Law can help. Contact us today for a no-cost, confidential assessment. Contact at 305-423-3800 to schedule your free consultation.