DIY is more popular nowadays than ever before, as many of us try to cut corners and save money by doing tasks around the house by ourselves. Whilst many DIY tasks are pretty simple to carry out, if you end up with faulty tools or products from your local DIY store, you could be injured. There is some good news though – anybody who has been injured by a faulty tool or product could be eligible to make a claim for DIY injury compensation. There’s a three-year time limit in place, so it’s best to move fast.
Common DIY injuries
Painting and decorating, fixing plumbing faults, assembling flat-pack furniture – these are all common DIY tasks that most of us have attempted at some point. But we rely on the tools and products we pick up at DIY stores to help us get the job done. So what happens when your tools let you down or worse, leave you seriously injured? Accident Advice Helpline has handled hundreds of claims for DIY injury compensation over the years, on a 100% no win, no fee* basis. Here are a few of the most common injuries we’ve come across:
- Eye or facial injuries from a faulty hand tool – for example if a screwdriver snaps or a hammer breaks and hits you in the face
- Lacerations from faulty power tools such as a power drill or saw
- Loss of a finger or damage to your hand from a faulty nail gun
- Falling from height after using a faulty ladder
- Electrocuted by a faulty power tool
There have been cases where people have lost limbs or suffered life-changing injuries such as loss of their eyesight in power tool accidents, and when you buy a power tool, you expect it to be safe to use. In fact, it is up to the company selling it to ensure that it meets safety standards, and they could be held liable if it doesn’t and you are injured as a result.
Moving on from your accident
Nothing can change what’s happened to you, but you can move on from your accident by making a personal injury claim with Accident Advice Helpline. The money you receive could help to pay those household bills whilst you recover from your injuries, or cover the cost of any medical treatment you may need. Give us a call today on 0800 689 0500 and find out more about how we can help you. It’s free to call and get advice in confidence, and there’s no obligation to proceed with a claim.
Date Published: October 28, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton