Week in and week out, emergency rooms across the United States see plenty of injuries. Victims of car accidents, bites by wild animals, and burn injuries have been among the most common cases in healthcare facilities since 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the nation’s public health agency has collected data showing that unintentional falls were the leading cause of ER visits during this time frame.
Almost anyone can be affected by a staircase accident. The American Journal of Emergency Medicine found that an average of over 1 million patients per year made the trip to the ER for stair-related injuries, according to its study of this issue. Data showed that a majority of emergency room visits came from those who were the ages of 11-60 years old, and that women suffered a higher injury rate than men.
The fact of the matter is that anybody of any age can experience a staircase accident that is no fault of their own. Property owners have a duty to keep their facilities safe, and there are staircase safety requirements that must be met by those in charge. If you’ve been injured in a staircase accident, our Santa Ana premises liability lawyers may be able to help you recover the compensation that you deserve.
You can exercise caution every step of the way when you’re at a property with a faulty staircase and still experience an accident that can cause major injuries. The conditions of a staircase that can lead to your serious physical harm after a fall can include:
- Insufficient lighting that can make seeing potential obstacles in your path difficult
- Worn stair surfaces that have deteriorated with time
- Outdoor steps that may be wet, either due to weather or a spill
- Handrails, or lack of, that fail to meet state and local building code requirements
- Uneven differences between the height of each step that can throw off your balance
- Missing or damaged steps
You can experience a variety of bodily injuries after a staircase accident, and they can vary in seriousness. Parts of both your upper and lower body may be affected by your fall, both in the short term and long term. Depending on the extent of the fall, the physical damage you may face can include:
- Injuries to sensitive areas of the head, neck, and back
- Spine damage
- Fractured and broken bones
- Minor or serious cuts
- Internal bleeding
Negligence may have played a role in your staircase accident, and multiple parties may be held liable for what you’ve experienced. They can include:
- Those who made or sold defective materials used to build the stairs involved in your incident
- Property owners who have a duty to keep and maintain safe premises
- Landlords who have the responsibility to warn those on the property when conditions are unsafe
After a fall, you should get the medical care that you need as soon as possible. If you are able to, you should also document your injuries so that an attorney can use that information in the claim filed on your behalf. Contact a Santa Ana staircase accident lawyer who can evaluate your case and pursue all the forms of rightful compensation that you may be entitled to for your injuries. This may include your current and future medical expenses, lost wages due to time missed at your job, pain and suffering for the trauma that you’ve experienced, and more.
We’ll work for you on a contingency fee basis, which means that you won’t pay our attorneys unless we win your case. Contact HN Injury Lawyers today at (657) 333-5726.