3 Most Common Types of Stairway Accidents

What are the three most common types of stairway accidents? If you are a landlord in the state of Delaware, watch this video to learn what you can do!

3 Most Common Types of Stairway Accidents


I’m Attorney Ben Schwartz.

Today, we’re going to talk about slip-and-fall accidents, specifically stairway accidents. We see three common types of stairway accidents. In the last month, we’ve had several people come to us with very significant personal injury cases that occurred on stairways.

Are you a landlord? A property owner? Think about checking your stairways. If this video could prevent injuries from stairway accidents, that would be great!

What are the three most common types of stairway accidents?

  1. The most common type of stairway accidents that we see is due to a surface defect. You may be on a staircase and are is uneven carpeting.Maybe a tile is coming loose or a foreign object on the staircase causes you to lose your footing and fall. These are probably the most common thing that we see.
  2. The second most common accident we see are handrail defects. A staircase is required to have a handrail if it has a certain number of steps. We often see either no handrail at all or an improperly fastened handrail. It’s either improperly fastened to the wall or it’s loose. It doesn’t give you adequate support. Handrails are installed for a reason – to help stabilize the person as they go up and down the stairs. If the handrail isn’t reliable or it isn’t fixed and sturdy, then it’s not going to stabilize the person in the event of a fall.
  3. The third most common thing that we see in staircase accidents is what’s called riser height differences. When you look at a staircase from the side, the riser height is what brings you up to the next step. When you look at staircases, the height of the riser might differ from level to level. This creates huge problems. Your brain assumes that the next step is the same height as the previous step. If it’s not, you will most likely trip because you don’t raise your toe up high enough to get it on the next tread. If you’re going down the stairs, you could potentially lose your balance. Your brain will assume that the next step down is no further down than the last step down.

I’m Attorney Ben Schwartz. If you’re watching this and you own property, you can hopefully use this information to “take steps” to fix any defects on your property before someone becomes seriously injured or worse.

If you have questions about what steps to take in order to fix your hand rails or where you can find a decent contractor, I can certainly help you to get involved with groups for Delaware landlords if you need to find someone who can take care of these things.

I hope that you found this informative and helpful. Maybe you’ll learn something new that you never thought of before!

3 Most Common Types of Stairway Accidents

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