In spite of health and safety laws and regular publication of relevant warnings, every year, hundreds of people are injured during bonfire night. According to the Red Cross, the most commonly experienced injuries are burns to the hands, face and/or eyes, especially in younger people below the age of 18.
We take a look at the risks surrounding this autumn event, and the most common injury claims after Bonfire Night.
There are, however, other dangers that can lead to personal injuries during Bonfire Night or Halloween celebrations. Potholed terrain, such as those in fields and car parks; spills and litter dropped by spectators; poorly laid wiring, many official firework displays include set-up of sound systems, for example; wet flooring inside or leading in and out of venues, are all hazards likely to cause injuries by slips, trips and falls.
When fun turns painful
Burns and injuries by slipping, tripping or falling can vary significantly in severity, but in any case, they are likely to be painful and may cause, especially if severe, prolonged absence from work or school and/or financial difficulties for the sufferer and his or her family.
Reasons to claim
While claiming for compensation will in no way ease the pain of the person injured by fireworks or a slip, trip or fall, it can serve two main purposes. The first is to ensure that the responsible group or person realises the possible consequences of mistakes or negligence and may be more careful, thereby preventing similar bonfire accidents or injuries by tripping, slipping or falling in the future.
Secondly, the amount of compensation awarded could help to ease the financial burden created by the burn, slip, fall or trip injury.
When and how to claim
If someone else’s bad behaviour, mistake or negligence caused you to sustain burn injuries or an injury by slipping, falling or tripping, speak to an Accident Advice Helpline advisor as soon as possible, as the claim process must be initiated within three years of the date your Bonfire Night accident. Advisors are available 24/7 via a confidential Freephone number.
What happens next
Once the advisor has confirmed your eligibility to claim, and assessed the likelihood of a claim being successful, you will be offered the no-win no-fee* services of our in-house legal team. Highly skilled and experienced, this solicitor will conduct your case from start to finish, securing the best possible compensation for you as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to get the ball rolling and commence with your personal injury compensation claim.
Date Published: November 5, 2015
Author: David Brown