There’s a growing trend for home renovation. More and more of us are pulling up our sleeves and getting our hands dirty to revive and refresh our homes. If you’re attempting some DIY or building your own house, it’s wise to be aware of the dangers of renovating a home. Here are some tips and tricks to help you create a dream home without any injuries.
The dangers of renovating a home
There are many possible dangers of renovating a home. When you’re surrounded by tools, walls and roofs that are caving in and exposed wires, there’s a real risk of injury. Examples of accidents that may occur when you’re renovating include:
- Falling from height when using ladders
- Injuries caused by using tools such as hammers, drills and nail guns
- Lung problems caused by exposure to paint fumes or dust
- Electrical injuries
- Slips, trips and falls
DIY and home renovation injuries can range from minor cuts and grazes to life-threatening injuries.
How to renovate safely
The best thing you can do if you’re planning a renovation and you want to stay safe is identify which jobs are best allocated to the professionals. If you’ve got problems with power sockets or issues with the roof, don’t try and attempt repairs yourself. Any job that poses a high risk of serious injury should be left to those who have qualifications and expertise. When you’re doing DIY, use the right safety equipment, keep away from children and pets and keep the site as tidy as possible.
Claiming compensation for DIY injuries
If you’ve been injured while renovating your home, you may be able to claim compensation for a DIY accident provided that you can prove that you were not at fault. In the case of DIY, you would have to provide evidence that showed that the tools or safety equipment you were using were faulty. If you’ve had work done by professionals, and subsequently suffered injuries, this may also result in a viable personal injury claim if you can prove that the individual was negligent.
If you’d like to discuss your accident claim in more detail, call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone. Our lines are open 24/7 and we have an experienced team of personal injury lawyers on hand to help. We operate a strict no-win, no-fee* policy.
Date Published: April 24, 2017
Author: Accident Advice