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Stairways Can Lead to Fatal Injuries

By Freedman & Freedman  Nov. 19, 2010 3:27p

It is the responsibility of companies and homeowners to ensure that their stairways are kept safe for travel to prevent people from getting injured. Due to the steeper angles on stairs, if a person slips and falls, they can be seriously injured and those responsible for the maintenance/construction of the stairway can be held liable.


Some of the injuries that can be sustained from falling on a stairway include sprains, bruises, broken bones, cuts and scrapes, dislocations, head and brain injuries, neck and spinal cord injuries, internal organ injuries or even death.

Causes of Stairway Falls

It is of utmost importance that stairways be properly constructed and maintained to avoid injuries from happening. Following are some of the more common ways people get injured on stairs.

  • Wetness or greasiness on stairs
  • Faulty handrails (poor construction or maintenance resulting in inadequate hand support)
  • Poor lighting or illumination on stairs
  • Objects sticking out from stairs (nails, splinters, or other debris)
  • Carpet on stairs is in disrepair
  • Carpet on stairs is not placed well or moves
  • Stairs in general disrepair (weak or cracked wood, broken, holes in stairs)
  • Escalators in disrepair

If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident on a stairway in the Grand Rapids or surrounding area and it was a result of someone's negligence, you need to contact a Michigan slip and fall attorney as quickly as possible. At the Law Offices of Freedman & Freedman we can help you file a personal injury claim to seek compensation for any injuries you may have sustained. Individuals have the personal responsibility to be cautious when they are going up or down stairs but negligence on a property owner or company’s part is inexcusable and they should be held accountable.

Contact a Grand Rapids Slip and Fall Lawyer at our office to set up a free case evaluation.

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