It may be hard to believe, yet according to The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), more accidents happen in the home than anywhere else. While we can imagine general slips, trips and falls in the home to be a common occurrence, thanks to stray items left lying around the home perhaps, DIY accidents can lead to severe accidents in the home.
How common are DIY accidents?
Earlier this year, RoSPA reported that it is estimated that more than 200,000 people go to A&E in the UK each year after being injured doing DIY, maintenance or gardening at home.
With this figure in mind, when you do decide to revamp or maintain your home, you should do so with caution to dodge preventable domestic accidents.
Common DIY accidents include, but are not limited to:
- Falls from step-stools or ladders
- Electric shocks from changing lights
- Trips over misplaced DIY tools
- Lacerations from gardening tools
- Strains and sprains from heavy lifting, including manoeuvring furniture
- Head injuries due to falling debris, objects or plaster
Responsibility for DIY accidents
While many DIY accidents occur due to human error, a slip of the foot or an error in judgement, some DIY accidents do occur due to faulty tools or equipment.
If you have suffered a DIY accident that you believe is the fault of a manufacturing company or retailer, and you have proof that you are not liable for the incident that caused your injury, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation.
So long as the accident in question occurred within the last three years, speak with one of our friendly advisors at Accident Advice Helpline, who will help you determine whether you have a case that is eligible to claim personal injury compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline
No matter the nature of your accident, if you have a genuine reason to claim personal injury compensation, Accident Advice Helpline can help you recover the compensation you are entitled to.
For a free initial consultation regarding the fundamentals of your claim, and for more information on the claim process itself, speak with one of our friendly advisors today via our freephone helpline number, 0800 689 0500. Lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for your convenience, and there’s never any pressure to pursue your claim at any point during or following the call.
Date Published: April 6, 2016
Author: Accident Advice