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Faulty stairs can lead to a serious slip-and-fall accident

Like many people, you walk up and down the stairs a countless number of times every day. You do this in your home, at work and in many establishments that you visit.

Since using stairs has become second nature, you may never consider the fact that doing so could cause a serious injury at some point.

Keep in mind that faulty stairs can lead to a serious slip-and-fall accident. As a result, you could suffer an injury, such as a broken bone or concussion.

Here are some of the many ways that stairs can lead to trouble:

-- Stair edges that have become rounded due to many years of use

-- Stairs with missing pieces

-- Debris that has been left to sit on stairs, such as gum, dirt, or paper

-- Stairs that have been polished or waxed

-- Stairs that do not use a non-skid surface

-- A broken, missing or defective handrail

There is an even bigger problem than these: People don't often know that they are using stairs that are not 100 percent safe. For example, you may not know that a handrail is loose until you grab onto it for support. Or you may not know that too much polish has been used until you take your first step.

If you are involved in an indoor slip-and-fall accident on a set of stairs, don't wait to receive medical attention. Also, make note of the cause of the accident, as this will come into play if you decide to take legal action against the property owner in the future.

Source: FindLaw, "Indoor Slip and Fall Accident Conditions," accessed May 26, 2017

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