Slip and Fall Accidents on Outdoor Staircases in Coral Springs
Our Attorneys Handle Slip and Fall Accidents in South Florida
Slip and fall accidents on outdoor staircases are fairly common. Unfortunately, we’ve handled
well over 100 of those. There are several reasons why outdoor staircases
can be dangerous.
First of all, the safest outdoor stairway surface would be what’s
called "broomed concrete". This would be a concrete base whereby
before the concrete dries, the contractor takes a broom and actually creates
a surface that is somewhat rough. Doing this creates small groves within
the concrete which help prevent hydroplaning.
Hydroplaning can occur when enough rain or water gathers on a step or staircase
so that when a person steps on that surface, some water disperses, but
not all. As a result, the person’s foot may not fully hit the concrete,
but instead hits the water, and that foot can go flying forward, causing
a slip and fall accident, sometimes resulting in serious injury.
Hydroplaning can of course also occur when you’re driving a car and
you hit your brakes on a slippery wet road, and the car than skids as
a result of the braking action and the water on the ground. The same concept
can occur on a staircase. So the "broomed concrete" surface
helps prevent that from occurring.
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Another issue that is generally very problematic is when stairs are painted.
If you have the regular concrete stair, it may not have that great of
an appearance. So a lot of condominium associations and apartment complexes
like to paint their stairs. So that may look better, but it’s certainly
not safer. Why isn’t it safer, you may ask? Well, the reason is
that when you paint the concrete, you are to a large extent eliminating
the foots exposure to the porous concrete step where the liquid can be
better absorbed over time into concrete. In other words, a raw hard concrete
step absorbs water and liquid significantly better and quicker than one
that is painted.
Often times when you see a painted concrete surface, you’ll find
that it is more slippery than the natural concrete itself. So what needs
to be added to make it safer and more skid-proof is anti-skid and anti-slip
material. This type of additive is sold in Home Depot and Lowes and other
hardware-type stores and certainly can be purchased online. Every management
company managing a condo or apartment complex should know that when they
paint the stairs, this additive needs to be added to make it safer. One
such additive is something called “Suregrip”, but there are
numerous others. Often times, they are ground up glass. Candidly, you
can use sand if you have access to it legally, and you can of course,
purchase it. But that’s what should be in a painted concrete surface.
And, it is safer for them to paint with a stain, and not for example,
a latex. A stain allows more absorption than a latex paint.
And the more coats of paint that a stair has, especially if it’s
without any type of anti-slip material, or not enough anti-slip material,
the more slippery it will be.
In addition, we have seen many stairs that violate the building codes.
Riser height of the stairs could be too high, or could be too low. Generally
the difference in riser heights between immediately adjacent stairs cannot
exceed 3/16 of an inch, or it generally violates most building codes.
On the entire staircase, the riser height of each stairs cannot differ
by more than 3/8 of an inch for any stair within that staircase, or it
violates most building codes.
The reason why the riser heights cannot vary as stated is because when
we walk, we walk in such a way that we develop a certain gait. If there
is something that interrupts that normal gait that we’ve established
that we are not expecting (a substantial difference in riser heights),
we can misstep. And that causes a lot of fall injuries. So that’s
not exactly a slip and fall, that’s a misstep due to a potentially
defective staircase or stair.
So there are multiple different types of defective conditions that can
be found on staircases that can result in personal injuries to people.
We have handled hundreds of falls down outdoor staircases. If you have
fallen downstairs and been injured, call us and we will give you a free
consultation. If you slipped, miss-stepped, or even if you feel as if
it is a trip and fall, give us a call.
Mr. Cytryn is a board-certified civil trial lawyer for more than 30 years handling
these type of
personal injury cases for more than 40 years.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident on outdoor
staircase in South Florida, call us NOW for a free consultation at