Broken Handrail Injury Claim *
Broken handrail injury claims * arise when a person is injured where a handrail is missing or broken and exposes the person to an accident and injury. Common cases of handrail accidents are; handrail on a stairs that is designed to provide a grip is either broken or missing and a fall accident occurs, or cases where a guardrail, that is in place to provide a barrier between a person and an unsafe area, is broken or missing leading to an accident and injury.
Handrails are put in place as a safety feature to reduce the risk of accidents and injury. Broken handrails are a common cause of accidents with the main type being slips, trips and falls. These accidents can happen anyway and may lead to injuries. In many cases what could have been a minor accident is made worse as a result of a broken, defective or faulty handrail.
Lack of maintenance is a common issue that can lead to accidents. The persons responsible for the maintenance of handrails in public use may be held liable in cases where negligence in relation to maintenance have led to an accident. Without ongoing maintenance railings may become loose over time and detach from their fitting.
Who is Responsible?
It may be difficult to determine who is responsible for the broken handrail. This can vary depending on the setting and environment they are in. In general it is the property owners who are at fault if an accident occurs on their premises. If they are aware of the hazard but have not displayed a warning sign then it is very clear that they were responsible for the injuries sustained.
- If the handrail is broken on the premises of a shop or restaurant then the owner is responsible for ensuring that any risks are eliminated. This is known as occupier’s liability.
- In a rented building, the landlord may be responsible. Any faults or hazards noticed by tenants should be reported to the landlord as soon as possible.
- In a work environment, the employer has a duty of care to ensure that they are providing a safe environment for their employees. They must follow the guidelines set out in the Safety, Health and Welfare at work act 2005. This Act outlines the various duties of an employer when it comes to the safety of staff. Employees also have a responsibility to report any hazards noticed by them.
Injuries Resulting from a Broken Handrail
- Head and Brain Injuries
- Breaks and fractures
- Sprains and strains
- Injuries to Spinal Cord
- Back and neck injury
- Cuts and lacerations
Whether it’s a missing or broken handrail there may be a number of different elements at play that led to your accident. These accidents can happen in all locations whether it be at work or in a public place. Some of the most common causes of claims for/injuries sustained from broken or missing handrails are:
- Missing or broken handrails of stairwells
- Missing or broken handrails on steep walkways
- Handrails not installed at the correct height, rendering it not fit for purpose
- Poor maintenance of handrails in public areas
- Failure to repair a broken handrail
- Failure to install a handrail where one is needed
- Handrail became loose and broken whilst in use
Making a Claim
Following an accident involving a handrail, it is important to take the right steps before pursuing legal action:
- Take a picture of the scene of the accident and cause – clearly showing the broken handrail or area where handrail was missing or should have been. Also take pictures of your injuries.
- Report the accident to the owner of the property and ensure that it is noted in their accident report book – take a copy of this is you can
- Seek medical attention as soon as you can.
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