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Mitigating fall risks in apartment complex stairways

On Behalf of | Sep 5, 2022 | Slip-and-Fall Accidents

There may be a multitude of individuals who reside in apartments and many of these complexes may consist of several stories worth of units. Individuals in New Mexico who do not live on the first floor of an apartment complex may face a need to use complex stairways numerous times each day. Falls down staircases remain a common cause of injury in similar locations and taking steps to mitigate safety risks in apartment staircases may prove integral to reducing the odds of dangerous slip-and-fall accidents. 

Apartment staircase hazards 

There might be various types of safety hazards that may increase the risks of fall-related incidents in apartment stairways. One of the most common examples of such hazards may pertain to inadequate lighting, as navigating stairs with limited visibility can be dangerous under any scenario. Missing or broken handrails can also pose a significant threat to safety and lead to a greater risk of a serious fall. 

The health of apartment complex occupants may also be at risk should property owners fail to address safety issues such as broken or uneven staircase surfaces. The presence of clutter and debris on stairs could also lead to fall-related incidents, whether this involves boxes, wires, or extension cords. Taking steps to address liquid spills and water buildup may also be essential to reducing safety risks, as slippery surfaces continue to be a leading cause of falls. 

Slip-and-fall accidents 

If apartment complex owners fail to take the necessary steps to create a safe environment, those who navigate stairways may be at significant risk of suffering harm in slip-and-fall accidents. Such an incident could wreak havoc on one’s life and leave a person with severe injuries and facing a lengthy recovery period. Following the incident, a person in New Mexico could consider retaining the services of an attorney for advice on his or her available options for legal recourse and the best course of action with which to proceed.