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Signs that those stairs are actually dangerous

Think about how many times you have jogged up or down a set of stairs without thinking twice. We all do it. And, most of the time, it all works out. It doesn’t even register as a risky event. 

However, all it takes is one minor defect to cause a serious trip and fall. Your injuries could be extensive. On the stairs, you’re deceptively high above the ground. Though it may not be a straight drop for ten feet or so, the draw of gravity is relentless, and falling on the stairs can lead to massive injuries — especially when you strike your head on the way down. 

So, how do you know if the stairs are excessively dangerous? Here are a few things you should watch out for:

  • The stairs are creaking, indicating that the treads are loose or there are gaps between the treads and the risers
  • The banister is loose, missing or broken. If a handrail moves at all when you touch it, there’s a serious risk. 
  • The posts at the top and bottom of the stairs move. It could mean they’re coming loose from the nails that attach them to the staircase, and they work just a bit looser every time someone touches them. 
  • The stairs are excessively worn down where people have been walking on them for decades. 
  • The stair treads are not all at the same height, which is a major trip hazard. 
  • The stairs have been damaged by water, pets, or any other outside factors. 

If you do trip and fall on a set of stairs, you need to know if you have a right to financial compensation for your medical bills and other costs. You shouldn’t have to suffer financially in addition to your other injuries.