It’s common to feel perfectly safe when you’re at home, isn’t it? We all feel safe, comfortable and relaxed in our own surroundings. But did you know it’s more likely that you’d suffer an accident at home than anywhere else? Around 6,000 people die each year due to an accident at home. While injuries are the usual result of accidents, and most are not serious, some of the most common accidents in the garden are to blame for injuries as well as those indoors.
All kinds of things can go wrong in the garden, even though most of us enjoy our outdoor spaces happily each year. With that said, around 64,000 people were injured in the garden in a report issued in 1998. Even in the intervening years, however, many thousands are still injured unnecessarily in the garden each year. We’ve compiled a list of potential issues you might encounter here. How many have you thought of or been affected by yourself?
- Slips, trips and falls
- Musculoskeletal injuries
- Cuts and similar injuries, particularly when using garden tools
- Allergic reactions
- Injuries caused by using defective equipment
- Reactions to chemicals used in the garden
The good news is you can prevent many potential incidents and injuries from occurring, simply by taking common-sense action when needed and by following good advice.
Avoiding the chances of being electrocuted
Lawn mowers and other electrical equipment such as hedge trimmers can be dangerous if they are not used with care. It is very easy to mow over the top of the power lead, for example – an act that can easily be fatal. ROSPA recommends the use of an RCD device in their garden checklist. This is a residual current device that ensures the risk of electrocution is removed in the event of an accident like this. Put simply, it saves lives every year whenever it is used.
Mains voltage electrical shocks are suffered by around 2.5 million people each year. This relates to people aged 15 and over. Additionally, some 350,000 of those people will be seriously injured. While the figure does apply to anyone of that age who has received an electric shock, some of these accidents do occur in the garden. Therefore, we should include this risk as one of the most common accidents in the garden that may occur.
Are chemicals involved in the most common accidents in the garden?
These are perhaps less likely to lead to problems than other issues mentioned above. However, many chemical products used in the garden can be deadly if swallowed, particularly if children come into contact with them and don’t realise what they are. Always make sure anything of this nature is locked away safely in the shed and up out of reach as well. Read the instructions before you use any chemicals, and make sure you wear personal protective equipment too. Don’t underestimate how important it is to wear gloves, a mask and goggles in some instances.
Slips, trips and falls are among the most common accidents in the garden
We’ve all gone into the garden in the winter and slipped on an icy path. Taking extra care in the winter months is a very good idea, as is putting salt down to melt the ice. But even during the rest of the year, when ice isn’t a problem, a build-up of moss and other similar things on a damp path can create a slipping hazard. Always make sure your paths are clean and free from debris to minimise the chances of suffering this example of one of the most common accidents in the garden.
Falls are more likely to happen to children, the elderly and anyone who is unsteady on their feet. Keeping your garden safe will reduce the odds of anything like this happening. You should also make sure your garden pond is covered with strong netting or a wire grid to prevent a young child from falling in if you have children of that age, or visitors with young children. Drowning is not one of the most common accidents in the garden, but even one death is too many. Check the cover regularly to make sure it is still in good condition, too.
Can you claim compensation for common accidents in the garden
If you are injured in your own garden because of your own inattentiveness, then no claim would be possible. Yet if you were using garden implements that were not made properly, or you tripped over a path that hadn’t been put down properly by someone you hired to lay it, you could have a chance to claim. The most important thing is to think about how your accident happened, what kind of injury (or injuries) you have, and whether you could have a chance at getting compensation. The essential thing to remember if you have suffered one of the most common accidents in the garden is that you need to prove a third party was to blame. If you can do this, you have a better chance of claiming some compensation.
Find out more now
To find out whether you could claim, you simply need to ring the team at Accident Advice Helpline. We operate a free enquiry line on 0800 689 0500, but you can also call us on your mobile on 0333 500 0993 if it suits. If you think someone else was negligent and their negligence resulted in you suffering an accident in your garden, you may have a good argument to make to receive some compensation. Put simply, if it wasn’t your fault, it may potentially have been someone else’s, and if so, you deserve to find out more. We provide a no-win, no-fee* claims process which you’re assured of following if our solicitors decide you do have a good case. Find out what you might be able to claim and see just how easy it is to use our service, just as many others have already.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown