Home owners are responsible for the safety of those entering their property. This means you could be held liable for any injuries by slips, trips and falls, electrocution or other accidents within your home that could and should have been prevented by you. Here is what could happen when a house guest makes a claim against you.
When a house guest makes a claim
In order to successfully claim against you, your guest will have to show that you were responsible for their accidental injury.
If the accident was a slip, trip or fall, for example, they will have to prove that it was something you did or did not do that caused their trip, slip or fall injury. Their ability to show this will determine the outcome of their claim.
If, for instance, a house guest makes a claim following a trip and fall down your stairs caused by a loose bit of carpeting you did not warn them about, the claim would most likely be successful.
On the other hand, if they were injured by falling down the stairs because they were drunk, their chance of making a successful claim would be significantly reduced.
When a house guest makes a claim that is justified, you will most likely have to pay them compensation for their pain and suffering. The compensation you will have to pay could also include loss of earnings, medical and other expenses they incurred as a result of their injury by tripping, slipping or falling.
Depending on the severity of their personal injuries, the compensation they are awarded could be in the thousands, if not tens of thousands of pounds. If the case goes to court, you could also be ordered to pay related fees and costs.
Doing your best to prevent accidents and having adequate insurance to cover you in case something does happen is therefore extremely important, as you could otherwise face financial ruin.
Who can make a claim
In essence, anyone injured through no fault of their own at work, in someone else’s home or in a public place could be entitled to make a personal injury claim. If you were injured by slipping, tripping or falling and think you may have a claim, call us, Accident Advice Helpline for advice, guidance and legal support.
Our respective 24/7 freephone numbers for home and mobile phones are 0800 689 0500 and 0333 500 0993. Both lines are confidential and obligation-free. All claims are handled by in-house solicitors under conditional fee agreements.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice