The 2016 European Championships are just a couple of months away, and for some people, this means having to get the TV fixed. The cost of calling an engineer can be worrying, and there may be a temptation to do a spot of ‘DIY fixing’.
Safely repairing TVs
There may well be some reasonably good guides as to what to look for when a TV shows a certain fault. The trouble is, any electrical/electronic equipment is inherently dangerous, and unless a person knows exactly what they are doing, the only safe way of repairing a TV is to let an expert do it.
Injury by faulty product
Repairing a TV or any other electrical appliance without adequate knowledge can lead to potentially serious accidental injuries. To begin with, there is the risk of being electrocuted while doing the repair. While this can obviously be avoided by ensuring the TV is unplugged before removing the back, there will be a point where plugging it in and checking whether your efforts have been successful will become necessary.
Explosions, fires and resulting personal injuries
Secondly, even if electrocution during repairs has been successfully avoided, there is the risk of getting something wrong and ultimately causing the TV to short-circuit when switched on. This could lead to explosions or, depending on how what was done wrong affects the intricate parts of the TV, could cause some overheating that eventually leads to a fire. Burn injuries and the effects of an older TV’s tube imploding can be fatal.
The trauma and overall cost of such an incident by far outweigh the cost of calling out an engineer, not to mention the feelings of guilt if someone else gets seriously injured or perhaps even killed. What’s more, if something goes wrong and you are injured by a faulty TV after a professional has repaired it, you may be entitled to faulty goods injury compensation.
Just as owners and managers of public places have a duty to keep consumers safe and prevent injuries by slipping, falling or tripping, engineers must ensure their work does not put customers at risk. A breach of this duty means they are liable to pay personal injury compensation.
Claiming for compensation
If you were injured by a faulty product, call Accident Advice Helpline for advice on how to initiate a claim for public liability compensation on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: May 1, 2014
Author: David Brown