The hidden dangers of wheelchair ramps
Ramps are more than inclined places for kids to run up and down, they are important devices that make the world more accessible for everyone. A New York area resident may think that these ramps are safe but there are hidden dangers that can be lurking.
Many different types of people use wheelchair ramps at businesses and other buildings. Those who have strollers, wheelchairs, walkers, or just need an easier way to get into a building. There are some dangers that a user may not know about and can cause serious injuries.
- Ramp too steep. A ramp needs to be built to a certain standard which is having a minimum slope of 1:12. This means that for every foot a ramp rises it needs to be 12 feet long. Older ramps may not meet building codes and can be steeper which can be a fall risk.
- No handrails. In general, ramps that are over 6 feet long need to have a handrail. Ramps lacking handrails can be dangerous, especially in rainy weather because of the risk of the ramp being slippery.
- Wood ramps. A wheelchair ramp that is made out of wood can be difficult to maintain. These ramps often rot and can be at risk of caving in. They can also be extremely slippery after a rainfall. A wood ramp needs to have a slip resistant paint or coating and if this is not maintained they can be dangerous.
If a person is injured on a wheelchair ramp, they may want to speak with a legal professional who is skilled in premises liability. An attorney can ensure their client receives the medical care they need and will also investigate who is negligent in regard to the dangerous ramp. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages.