Slip-and-fall injuries are among the most common of all premise liability cases, especially when falling down or tripping on stairways. Even facial injuries can be very bad when a nose or jaw is broken, and superficial injuries such as scars can leave life-long effects as well. Property owners and business managers in Florida have a reasonable duty of care even when the victim is partially at fault for causing the incident. Here are some factors that both managers and their customers can remember to avoid these mishaps.
Keep stairways clear
The first step to maintaining a stairway is keeping it clear of clutter and trip hazards. Even a small rug that is not placed properly can result in a fall, which can be a very bad personal injury if the fall begins from the top of the stairs.
Always use handrails
All business managers and homeowners should keep their handrails in good repair. The rails are there for a purpose, and the purpose is user safety. They can be life savers in some instances. This is important for accident prevention even at the bottom of the stairway.
Always be cautious
It is vital for anyone using stairs to be conscious and cautious regarding what could happen if a fall occurs and be prepared to catch themselves if it happens. All individuals should pay very close attention going either direction if they are carrying any type of cargo such as clothes or a box, especially if they are heavy.
Even a simple slip can lead to a bad injury when someone falls down a staircase due to possibility of a back, neck or head injury. A misstep can result in catastrophic injuries in the wrong situation, so it’s important to prevent accidents wherever possible.