Can you imagine what it would be like to fall from a balcony? Even if you were only on the first floor, it would still be a serious fall that could result in multiple injuries. You may be lucky and have something to break your fall, but this may not reduce the injuries you could sustain.
Avoiding balcony falls is obviously far better than suffering one in the first place. Fortunately, such incidents are rare. Hotels, high-rises and holiday accommodation may all have balconies attached to some rooms. Whoever is responsible for the building has a duty of care to maintain the condition of each balcony. This should greatly reduce the odds of anyone experiencing a nasty fall.
Balconies should be maintained and checked for safety
One of the most important elements of any balcony is the railing or similar structure that runs around the edge. This should be high enough to ensure no child can clamber over, and no adult can accidentally lean against it and topple over. It should also be firmly fixed to the wall on either side to ensure it cannot come away from the wall should anyone lean on it.
They can be made from railings, reinforced glass or even metal. The main thing is to ensure it is strong enough to perform the task it is intended for. Avoiding balcony falls is quite easy when common sense is applied and those responsible for the balcony structures do their jobs properly to make sure they are in excellent condition.
Anyone who has suffered a fall from a balcony will know that multiple injuries can occur. These may include head injuries, spinal and neck injuries and cuts and bruises and broken bones among other things. Such a fall can potentially be fatal, but even when the person survives it may only be with serious injuries.
Accident Advice Helpline has helped people who have suffered injuries like these in the past. Our free enquiry line, available on 0800 689 0500, allows people to call when they have been hurt and they believe someone else was to blame. If any of this sounds familiar and you are wondering whether compensation may potentially be due to be paid to you, call us today to see whether you are right. We are always here to assist you in any way we can.
Date Published: February 1, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead