Many of us will remember doing a paper round in our youth. This can be a very rewarding thing to do. It teaches us responsibility and the need to get up to attend a job. You can also earn some money for doing it.
Perhaps now your own child has got a paper round and is going out each morning to complete it. As with any job, the newsagent has a duty of care to provide a good service towards those who take on a round. If the paperboy or girl is injured in any way, it could be down to a lack of care displayed by the newsagent. This in turn could be construed as negligence.
Is this common?
No – the majority of newsagents who employ boys and girls to do this work provide an excellent opportunity for them to earn some money. However, paperboy injury compensation has occasionally been paid when the paperboy or girl has been hurt through someone else’s negligent actions.
For instance, the newsagent may have asked them to carry too many papers to be delivered. These can soon get very heavy when carried in the bag. Over time it can potentially lead to injuries and problems with the neck, shoulders and back. These could have been prevented if the newsagent had provided them with far few papers to deliver.
What about problems with dogs?
The papers will be delivered just as any letters would be to each property – through the letterbox. If a dog is loose on that property or is allowed to reach the paperboy as they are delivering the items, there could be a chance they could be injured as a result. This would be negligent on the part of the owner as they didn’t keep the dog secure.
As you can see, it is important to make sure you can find out whether your own child has a chance of winning paperboy injury compensation if they have been injured in any way. It doesn’t have to be the result of an accident either – Accident Advice Helpline can assess any claims pertaining to injuries caused over time by carrying heavy papers. Call now on 0800 689 0500 and find out whether you could make a compensation claim on behalf of your child. Getting the answers as soon as possible could help the odds of winning your claim.
Date Published: September 24, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead