Many people in New York rely on wheelchair ramps at businesses and community buildings. Whether they are in a wheelchair, use a walker, a stroller, or just need extra stability when entering a building, wheelchair ramps are extremely important for the disabled and others. These ramps help to make these locations accessible to all. However, improperly designed or maintained ramps can be a hazard.
- Ramps that are too steep. A wheelchair ramp needs to have a slope of 1:12 which means that if a ramp inclines by one foot, it needs to be 12 feet long. If a ramp is too steep there is a risk of a person tipping backwards or causing serious falls.
- Ramps without handrails. In most cases, a ramp that is over 6 feet long must have handrails. A ramp can become slick or dangerous in icy or rainy conditions and a person may not be able to catch themselves if they begin to fall.
- Wooden ramp. A ramp that is made out of wood can rot over time. The ramp can cave in and is also very slippery when it becomes wet. If a wheelchair ramp is made out of wood, it should also be covered in slip-resistant paint to help prevent falls and other injuries.
If a person is injured on an improperly designed or maintained wheelchair ramp, they may want to speak with a legal professional who is skilled in personal injury. An attorney can investigate the circumstances that caused their client’s injuries and help determine what happened and who is at fault. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages.