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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Can you claim if you are injured in a DIY shop?


    Shops, just like other places that welcome members of the public, like museums, galleries, parks and restaurants, have a responsibility and duty of care towards both the people that visit them and the people that work there.

    If you’re injured in a DIY shop, the nature of the tools and machines around means that accidents like slips, trips and falls can have awful consequences.

    I’ve been injured in a DIY shop – what should I do?

    The first, and only, priority in the immediate aftermath of being injured in a DIY shop is to make sure you are OK. If necessary, seek advice and treatment from a medical professional. There should be someone with first aid training around who can deal with some situations, or call for an ambulance if it is a lot more serious.

    Of course, if the accident wasn’t your fault, then it’s both important and reassuring to know that you may be due injury compensation. In order for this to be the case having been injured in a DIY shop, there’s usually certain criteria your claim needs to meet. Including the following:

    • The accident occurred within the last three years. This is the usual timeframe given from the date the accident took place to the date compensation claim proceedings must have started.
    • The accident must be demonstrably the fault of someone else or the result of negligence. Classic examples of this in a DIY shop would be a stray wire left lying across the floor causing a slip, trip or fall, a defective demonstration machine causing injury when being used or hazards like spillages or raised bits of floor not being clearly signposted.
    • A medical professional confirms that your subsequent injuries were caused by the accident.

    Claiming for a DIY shop accident

    If you are injured in a DIY shop and think the shop owners are liable, then a quick visit to Accident Advice Helpline’s unique 30-second test will give you a virtually instant answer on your eligibility to make a compensation claim.

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    From there, our lawyers can take your case on on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis. With over 16 years’ experience in personal injury claims, we know what it takes for a successful outcome and settle the majority of our cases without the need for a court appearance.

    So call us today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.

    Date Published: February 23, 2017

    Author: Accident Advice

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