Answering questions like “Can I claim for a back injury caused by an uncomfortable bed?” can be tricky for us because the answers are so variable, but we can confirm that this is possible in some circumstances. If you give our team here at Accident Advice Helpline a call, we can also let you know if your particular case falls within the legal limitations that make claiming possible. In most cases we can do this straight away and we won’t charge you any money for it, so why not call today? If it turns out that you do have a case and you’d like us to help you pursue it, we can provide you with a solicitor willing to take on your case on a no win, no fee basis.
Your own bed
If your own bed is uncomfortable you will only be able to claim if it is in an `as new` condition, which normally means that it will need to be a new purchase or it will need to be new enough that a reasonable person would still expect it to be in good condition. You must have used the bed in the standard way and not have caused any damage to it yourself. Your injury, however, doesn’t need to be sudden and dramatic as some people assume. In fact, injuries sustained over time because of problems with a bed are not uncommon and can be legitimate grounds for claiming, as long as you went to see a doctor as soon as you realised there was a problem.
In a case like this, liability sometimes resides with the retailer and sometimes with the manufacturer. At Accident Advice Helpline our solicitors can figure this out for you and advise you on your best option in seeking compensation.
A bed in a hotel or similar accommodation
If you want to claim for a back injury caused by an uncomfortable bed in a hotel or hostel, or even in a form of transport such as a ferry, the owner of that establishment or vehicle will normally be held liable for any identifiable problem. Sometimes it’s possible to find other people who have had similar problems in cases like this, making it easier to get a speedy resolution to your case.
Because back injuries can have a serious effect on your life, compensation in cases like this often consists of several elements. As well as damages it can include money to make up for lost earnings if you had to take time off work, money for any special equipment or materials you need to use whilst you recover, and even funding for physiotherapy if a court considers the NHS waiting list in your area to be too long. The aim will be to get you feeling like your old self again as soon as possible so that you can enjoy a really good rest.
Date Published: October 28, 2014
Author: David Brown