Slips, trips and falls around the home are relatively standard domestic accidents. With this in mind, if you employ a contractor to carry out work on your home, and a handyman injures themselves while working on your property, can you be held liable?
Are you liable if a handyman injures themselves?
When you employ a contractor to come into your home and carry out work, you can be held liable if a handyman injures themselves under some circumstances.
Of course, you can’t be held responsible in all cases when a handyman injures themselves, but if your handyman injures themselves due to an issue with your home or poor maintenance, you can be held liable.
This means to say, if you or your home has caused the contractor accident in question, as opposed to their tools, equipment or poor work practices, liability is likely to be in your hands.
The claims process for handyman injuries
Whether your handyman suffered a trip due to unmaintained grounds or a more severe accident caused by gas or electrical faults, when a handyman injures themselves you must do all you can to ease the harm and distress they are experiencing.
In all cases, ensure that medical attention is given for all handyman injuries. You will also need to keep records of the issue that has caused the accident in your home. Photographs are helpful to keep factual reports fresh in the mind.
After your handyman injures themselves, you will need to wait to hear if they have chosen to claim personal injury compensation. You will receive a Letter of Claim in the post from their solicitor regarding the accident in your home, to which you are usually given 21 days to respond.
It is always advisable to seek professional legal advice.
Accident Advice Helpline
At Accident Advice Helpline, we have over 15 years’ experience assisting victims of personal injury claim in retrieving the compensation they are entitled to.
Whether you experienced a trip or a fall at work, or something entirely different such as a holiday illness, no matter the nature of the claim, we can help you determine if you are eligible to claim personal injury compensation, as well as where liability lies.
For more information, and a free initial consultation regarding the claims process, call us today on freephone helpline number, 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: April 6, 2016
Author: Accident Advice