Local libraries, like other public places, are bound by law to minimise trip and slip hazards in order to prevent employees and members of the public being injured by slipping or tripping. In order to fulfil this obligation and identify potential hazards, libraries carry out risk assessments.
Trip hazards in libraries can consist of:
- Books stacked on or fallen to the floor
- Carelessly positioned wiring to computers, water coolers and/or other electrical appliances
- Dimly lit, poorly maintained or cluttered passages/stairs
- Loose edges on carpets and flooring
- Potholes in poorly maintained pavements or car parks
Having identified these hazards, library staff are required to ensure they are dealt with effectively and efficiently in order to prevent injuries by tripping.
Slipping accidents in and around libraries are typically caused by hazards including:
- Snow or ice on exterior surfaces
- Water carried onto interior flooring during bad weather
- Bits of paper, wrappers or food on the floor
- Over-polished surfaces with inadequate grip for footwear
Here too, libraries are required to take appropriate measures to deal with the identified hazards and prevent injuries by slipping.
In spite of libraries’ best efforts to maintain minimal risks of employees or patrons suffering injuries by slips or trips, accidents do happen from time to time. If you were the victim of a library accident and sustained a personal injury in the process, you may be entitled to claim for compensation.
How to start public liability claims
Fill in the compensation calculator on the official website of Accident Advice Helpline or have a confidential, informal chat with one of their advisors but begin by making sure that you are indeed entitled to claim compensation. Calls are free and any details you provide will be treated with complete confidentiality. On establishing your claim eligibility, you will be offered the services of one of this law firm’s in-house compensation lawyers.
No win, no fee**
There is no need to worry about the cost of this assistance, as Accident Advice Helpline legal team operates under conditional (no win no fee**) fee agreements. Highly experienced and skilful, Accident Advice Helpline solicitors have a high rate of success in securing personal injury compensation for members of the public, often with claims being settled without court hearings being required. It should be noted that this cannot be guaranteed due to circumstances differing between cases.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice