An unfortunate event occurs and there is an issue at your home. A guest hurts themselves, and you are all equally worried and upset. You may both wonder where liability lies.
Can you be held liable if a guest hurts themselves in your home or back garden? After all, you’re not a company, nor did you directly mean any harm, so can you be held liable if a guest hurts themselves?
Liability when a guest hurts themselves
When someone enters your home, they have a reasonable expectation that they will be safe during the time they spend there. Should they sustain an accident or injury due to an issue with your home, you could be held liable for the pain and distress they have been made to endure.
This means, if you have an unkempt back yard, with cracked, uneven tiles or overgrown greenery, and this causes your guests to suffer slips, trips and falls, you can be held responsible for their injuries.
That being said, if you have taken reasonable measures to make sure your home is safe, and an accident occurs, it may simply be a case of human error, a mishap.
As a rule, if you look after your home, and ensure that it is kept to a standard where health and safety isn’t an immediate or apparent concern, you need not worry.
In the summer, when gatherings and barbecues are popular, make sure you safety-proof your garden to prevent avoidable trips and falls, as well as other back yard accidents.
Claiming compensation for accidents in the home
If you have experienced a slip, a fall, or any other accident in a private property, and you believe a third party is to blame, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation for the harm and distress you have endured.
Every accident is unique, which is why, at Accident Advice Helpline, we offer a free initial consultation to all victims of personal injury. During this initial consultation, we will discuss the fundamentals of your case. This helps us to determine both where liability may lie, and whether you have a claim that is likely to be successful if pursued.
Getting in touch with us
For more information, speak with one of our specialist advisors today via our freephone helpline number 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice