If you are injured by a falling lamp post, do you have the right to make an injury claim? The answer depends on a number of factors. In a general sense, yes you do. Lamp posts are the responsibility of the local authorities. This not only includes ensuring they are lit when required and in good working order, but also that they are secured.
How might I be injured by a falling lamp post?
There are numerous ways in which a falling lamp post could cause an accident, including:
- Impact injuries: From head injuries to broken bones from trying to protect yourself, there are many impact injuries you can suffer from a falling lamp post. Head injuries are, of course, the most serious threat. A blow to the head from a falling lamp post has the potential to be fatal. Other body parts at risk include your hands and wrists if you raise them above your head to protect yourself.
- Trips and falls: A fallen lamp post can pose a significant trip and fall hazard. When walking along, the last thing you expect to encounter is a lamp post lying across the pavement. Tripping over a lamp post may only cause bruised shins and wounded pride. Alternatively, it could result in dislocations and/or broken bones.
- Road traffic accidents: Depending on the height of the lamp post and the location where it falls, it could potentially cause a serious accident on the road. It could, for instance, fall directly onto a passing car. Such events cause serious damage to the vehicle and its occupants, resulting in a road block.
This is why, when lamp posts are installed, it’s so important that they are done so properly and in compliance with health and safety regulations.
Making a claim
The conditions of lamp posts should also be the subject of regular, rigorous inspections. If they are not, and you are injured by a falling lamp post as a result, you may be due injury compensation. If you have been injured by a falling lamp post and think you may be eligible to make an injury claim, call Accident Advice Helpline today. Our lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis and are able to settle most cases out of court. Our expert advisors are standing by for a no-obligation chat so call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles today!
Date Published: March 10, 2017
Author: Accident Advice