The first thing you should do if you are injured by glass from a broken window is to get your injuries attended to by medical professionals. This is important for two reasons.
Why professionals should treat you if you’re injured by glass from a broken window
First of all, even comparatively minor injuries by falling objects could ultimately turn out to be more serious. A simple cut, for instance, may become infected or, depending on the weight of the object, what may have looked or felt like a minor bump could turn out to be a major concussion.
Secondly, being injured by glass from a broken window falling onto you from above could mean you are entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation, just like you would be after a slip, trip or fall, in which case your medical records will be useful as evidence to support your claim.
Injured by glass from a broken window
Compensation claims only have a chance of success if it can be effectively proven that a personal injury was caused by someone else. This means you will need to gather relevant supporting evidence. In addition to your medical record, such evidence should, if possible, include:
- witness contact details
- photographs of your injury and the scene of your accident
In the case of being injured by glass from a broken window, this could be photos of the broken window, glass on the ground or photos of the building the window fell from.
If claiming for compensation after slips, trips and falls, photos may show the slip, trip or fall hazard, like a pothole, a broken kerb or a patch of grease or oil, for example.
Other possible evidence
If you incurred any expenses as a result of your injury by falling glass, such as medical expenses or transport, for example, you should also obtain and keep all receipts documenting these expenses.
You may also claim for loss of earnings, in which case you will need your most recent wage slips or pay statements.
Accident Advice Helpline
Our experienced advisors and in-house solicitors can provide you with more detailed information on the kind of evidence you will need. They can also assist you in gathering this evidence and support you throughout every aspect of your public liability claim process.
You can enlist our help by using your mobile to call 0333 500 0993, or your landline to call 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice