As a law firm with over 15 years’ experience in all areas of personal injury claims including travel accident compensation, Accident Advice Helpline is expert at recognising dangers and potential sources of injury. In this article, we take a closer look at the dangers of transparent glass upon balcony doors.
What are the dangers of transparent glass upon balcony doors?
The primary danger posed by transparent glass is breakage. Whilst some balcony doors have a laminated covering to prevent shards of glass from falling out of the door frame in the event of a breakage, not all balcony doors have this feature and this presents a risk of suffering a severe cut from slipping, tripping or falling on a razor-sharp shard of glass.
The second danger of transparent glass is the fact it may be difficult to see. There have been many documented cases of a person suffering trauma from the blunt force of walking into a transparent door. In more tropical destinations the danger becomes exacerbated by glare from the sun and people choosing to wear sunglasses, which in turn impairs vision and increases the risk of an accident.
The third danger of transparent glass is that of heat. Transparent glass magnifies heat and can easily turn any hotel room or apartment into a sauna which poses a significant number of health risks including dehydration and fever. Any balcony door should be covered by a laminated tint which helps to deflect heat and keep out harmful UV rays.
Another potential danger of transparent glass is that it provides an advantage for a would-be thief. Any valuables that have not been safely locked away are in plain sight for any potential burglar. Just as a shop uses a large window display to attract shoppers, a transparent balcony door has the same effect on any burglar. It’s important to lock all valuables out of sight!
Remember, if you’ve suffered an injury or a burglary due to transparent glass used for a balcony door, you may be entitled to travel accident compensation, even if the accident happened when abroad, provided that it happened within the last 3 years and wasn’t your fault. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today for more information on 0800 689 0500. Lines are open 24/7 and all claims are made on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee* basis, so even if you’re not successful in your pursuit of compensation, you won’t be out of pocket!
Date Published: February 19, 2014
Author: David Brown