When a person trips and falls down some stairs and gets severely injured, a compensation claim is certainly worth exploring. However, the injured person or claimant must be aware of the inherent difficulties in pursuing these types of claims.
One difficulty is that the prospective defendant will almost always deny liability. For a claim to succeed, the first step is to establish that the accident (that caused the claimant’s injuries) was due to the negligence or fault of the defendant.
A consistent denial of liability will often lead to an expensive and lengthy exercise to attempt to establish negligence. Typically, court proceedings may need to be commenced to continue the process, which in itself can be a difficult decision for a claimant to make.
With claims involving stairs, some factors to consider whether there is any negligence include: