2nd only to Motor Vehicle Accidents, Falls Caused over 800,000 Injury Hospitalizations Last Year
If you saw the movie Young Frankenstein there was a scene involving several people walking up some scary-looking stone stairs and one character says “Stay close to the candles, the stairway can be treacherous.”
Well, stairs are treacherous. Often they are poorly lit, not well-maintained, and sometimes they have clutter blocking them which cause people to trip. Most falls involving stairs happen when people are going down them rather than up because people are trying to look ahead as well as down. Obstacles are not visible until it’s too late.
Any fall that happens while trying to navigate up or down stairs should be taken seriously. Some people are very seriously injured and are immediately transported to the hospital. The earlier a call is placed to a personal injury the better because it’s important to examine the conditions of the stairs and the environment for any possible negligence by the owner or management of the property.
We have worked with victims who come to see us several weeks after falling and it’s because they didn’t think at first they were seriously injured. Sometimes injuries are hidden and don’t begin to hurt for days, weeks, or even months. Every fall should be documented by recording the day and time, noting the contact information for witnesses, and taking photographs of the scene. Later, this all may be vitally important.
There are a few things people can do to minimize the chances of falling:
- Make sure your vision has been checked and your corrective lenses are up-to-date.
- If you have vertigo or get dizzy for any reason, try to avoid stairs.
- If you ever experience weakness in your legs or are easily winded, take the elevator.
- If you’re in a hurry don’t rush up or down a set of stairs. Take your time and stay safe.
- Always wear shoes that fit right, are sturdy, and not worn out.
Everyone’s goal is to minimize injuries so we hope people take care of themselves and property owners take care of their property.
Our goal is to help people who have been injured to they have the resources to recover. If you are injured in a fall please give us a call at 954-356-0006. We answer the phone 7 days a week.
Personal Injury Attorneys in Weston and Fort Lauderdale, Florida