Home and business owners, employers and landlords have a duty of care to protect those on their premises against personal injuries. If you were injured because they failed in this duty, they could be held liable for your injury. This also applies if they are related to you, so yes, you can claim against a family member.
When you can claim against a family member
You could make a claim against a family member if you were injured by a slip, trip or fall in their home because they did not take precautions. These include:
- Warn you about a slip or trip hazard they were aware of
- Ensure adequate lighting was available in stairwells or passages
- Maintain paths and walkways in a safe condition
Claiming against family
Making claims against members of your family is a sensitive undertaking. All too often, people injured by slips, trips and falls or other accidents caused by relatives do not claim because they fear the effect this may have on their relationship. We do, however, highly recommend doing so.
Why you should claim
There are two reasons why you should claim even against members of your family. First, your injury may have caused you a lot of pain and suffering. It may also have caused you financial losses (loss of earnings, expenses incurred to aid your recovery). Claiming will compensate you for the pain and distress inflicted by your accident and help you cope with the financial implications of your injury.
Secondly, if your relative is careless or does not take hygiene in the kitchen seriously, a claim may prevent others being hurt by prompting them to be more careful.
Accident Advice Helpline
We are aware of how sensitive claiming against relatives can be. Any information you provide us with when you first contact us to confirm your eligibility to claim is therefore kept completely confidential.
If and when you decide to go ahead with a personal injury claim against a relative, your case will be handled with utmost sensitivity by the in-house solicitor assigned to you. To learn more about claiming against relatives, call our no-obligation helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a landline or mobile now.