Signs are displayed everywhere we look. They are outside houses that are being sold. They are attached to shops and stores to advertise who owns it and what they sell. You will even see them sitting on the pavement advertising what is in that shop and whether there are any special offers on.
Being injured by a falling sign isn’t that common, but it is the type of accident that can result in some nasty injuries being sustained by the unfortunate person walking by at the time. Head and shoulder injuries can be sustained if a large sign falls off a store. Back injuries might also be suffered. Even the signs standing on the pavement can cause injuries if they are not set out properly and are liable to blow over in a light wind. If you happen to be walking past at the time this could hit you on the legs or feet, causing an injury in the process.
How can you tell whether negligence was to blame?
Some situations are easier to work out than others in terms of who was to blame for the incident. For example if a sign falls off a shop it would be negligence. It is the responsibility of the shop owner to make sure that sign was safe and secure and well-maintained so there is no danger of it falling on anyone. In this case you would have a good opportunity to claim falling sign compensation.
Other cases may not be as clear-cut though. This is one of the reasons why people end up contacting a company like Accident Advice Helpline. By speaking with an advisor about your accident you can find out whether negligence was to blame. It isn’t always easy to work this out on your own.
Taking the next steps
Your first priority after an accident like this is to seek professional medical advice for your injuries. These could be serious so do not refuse medical attention on-site if a qualified first-aider appears, or if an ambulance is called. Either that or go and see your GP, as this will create a record of what happened and what injuries you suffered.
If you think falling sign compensation is a possibility, contact the team at Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 now to find out whether this is actually the case. You have nothing to lose by trying.
Date Published: September 24, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead