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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 by falling books in a library?


    Most people would consider a library to be a comparatively safe place to be. Accidents can, however, happen anywhere, including places where you would least expect to sustain a personal injury. You could, for instance, have a slip, trip or fall or be injured by falling books in a library.

    Injured by falling books in a library

    If books are stacked awkwardly or a shelf containing books collapses, you could be hurt by falling books in a library. Depending on the size and weight of a book and the way it strikes you, injuries by falling books could vary significantly in severity.

    A quite small book landing flat on your head, for instance, may cause nothing but a minor bump and perhaps a bruise. A large volume striking you corner first, on the other hand, could cause a nasty cut, concussion or even fractures to your skull.

    Slips and trips

    Injuries by slips and trips can also vary in severity. A trip over a book or loose bit of flooring on level ground, for example, may cause nothing but a minor bruise or graze. Injuries by slipping and falling down a flight of stairs, on the other hand, could include broken bones, back, neck and head injuries.

    Liability for injuries

    The authorities responsible for libraries are legally required to prevent accidental injuries to members of the public. This includes preventing slips, trips and falls as much as it includes preventing anyone getting hurt by falling books. If you were injured by tripping, slipping or falling books in a library because nothing was done to prevent such an accident, you could qualify for personal injury compensation.

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    What you should do

    The first steps you should take immediately after being injured in a library are:

    • Get witness contact details
    • Get photographs of what caused your injury (haphazardly stacked and fallen books; slip or trip hazard, etc.) and your injury itself
    • Seek medical attention even if your injury appears to be minor

    The latter is important, as it will ensure your injury is:

    • Diagnosed and treated correctly straight away. A minor bruise, for example, could turn out to be a concussion. If left untreated, this could cause serious complications later.
    • Recorded in your medical records, which will come in useful as evidence supporting your claim.

    Finally, call our Accident Advice Helpline freephone number on 0800 689 0500 or, if calling from your mobile, 0333 500 0993. Get expert compensation advice and enlist the no-win, no-fee services of our in-house injury claim specialists.

    Date Published: March 17, 2017

    Author: Accident Advice

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