Bad weather can have a catastrophic effect on the world around us. Suddenly, a seemingly-sturdy tree can be blown over by the wind, or have its branches lashed with rain. While dreadful weather like this doesn’t come along all the time (thankfully), it can have severe effects when it does.
In the past there have been incidents where people have been struck by falling branches. When this happens during a storm it is classed as mere bad luck. However, there has been the occasional time when someone has been struck by a branch that should have been taken away after being damaged in a storm. It is this type of incident that could result in falling branch compensation being paid to that person.
Determining whether the elements or a human being is to blame
We all recognise that tree branches can be damaged when a severe storm strikes. This could be due to high winds or to a lightning strike. However, there are cases when this will not bring down a branch, but instead will weaken it and it will remain there.
If this happens and it is on someone’s property, or on council property for example, and it overhangs a public area, you could be hit by it if it comes down on you as you are walking past. It might also occur if you are walking through a public park maintained by the council, or indeed some other area that is open to the public and maintained by a public body. Potentially-dangerous branches should be removed if they are in areas like this, as they could cause injury to someone.
Focusing on getting compensation
Injuries caused by a falling branch can be severe. Branches can weigh a significant amount if they are large and have been growing for some time. Thus when such a branch falls, it could potentially cause concussion, broken bones or something similar. You could be knocked out or left with serious head injuries if you are unlucky enough to be hit by it as you are passing by.
Call the team on 0800 689 0500 now to see if Accident Advice Helpline might be able to connect you with one of our lawyers. Our experience will make it easier to determine whether you have a chance to make a no win, no fee* claim to get some falling branch compensation.
Date Published: September 24, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead