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What you need to know about trip and fall injuries on stairs

Posted by Guy DiMartino | Apr 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

Leesburg-Villages personal injury lawyer, Guy S. DiMartino, explains what people need to know about trip and fall injuries on stairs.

I have seen some terrible trip and fall injuries on stairwells over my years. There are a number of reasons that folks will fall on stairs.  First, the stairs can be in disrepair.  Lose treads, nails sticking up, or slippery paint can make stairs dangerous.  Second, the stairs may not be uniform.  Treads may be different lengths and risers may be different heights.

Why does this matter?  It's all the neurology my friend. Our brain is like a computer working the background. We perform a lot of tasks, such as climbing or descending stairs, on autopilot without really thinking about the act.  This is how it works.  When you take your first step or two, the proprioceptors (nerves in your joints) send an impulse to the brain that tell the muscles how much they have to stretch or lengthen.  So you go down a couple of stairs and the computer is set.  The next thing that happens is the next couple steps have different heights or lengths and the person takes a step that is too short or too long depending on the problem.  They lose their balance and fall down or up the stairs and is injured. The Florida Building Code and Life Safety Code allow for some differences in treads and risers but the leeway is slim.

If you have any questions about an injury that happened on a set of stairs, you can always give me a call on my cell phone at (352) 267-9168 or fill out the internet consultation form on the right side of the screen.

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Guy DiMartino

I have loved helping people in need for almost three decades.  It has been my privilege to serve people as their pastor, chiropractor, and lawyer.  The current focus of my legal practice and life’s passion is helping the seriously injured receive complete compensation for their injuries. I am a Florida Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney. What that really means is that I am no stranger to the courtroom.  I have successfully tried and handled serious cases in state and federal courts.  My backgrounds in both law and chiropractic medicine have given me a unique perspective, extensive knowledge, and wide experience to serve those I represent. For years as a chiropractic physician, I treated my patients to alleviate their pain and suffering. Now as their lawyer, I fight to bring them financial compensation for their pain and suffering. During my years of service, I have handled many traumatic injury cases ranging from the traumatic amputation of a limb to brain and spinal cord injury.  I consider it an honor to serve you and your family. When a person entrusts me and I accept to represent them, I don’t take that relationship and responsibility lightly. My approach is that we work as a team. We are partners and our goal is the best outcome for you and your family with the highest level of communication throughout. I am always available by phone or email to discuss my potential representation of your injury case. I handle cases throughout Florida. Education: National University of Health Sciences – BS (1984), DC (1986) Valparaiso University School of Law – JD, summa cum laude (1999) Bar Admissions: Florida (2000), Indiana (1999), Illinois (2000, expired); US District Courts of Appeals (11th Circuit, 7th Circuit); United States District Courts: Southern and Middle Districts of Florida; Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana; Northern and Central Districts of Illinois; and District of Colorado. Certification:  Civil Trial, Florida Bar Guy DiMartino on Google+ – Circle Guy on Google+ Guy DiMartino on Google+

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