Earlier this week, a woman was killed in London by a tree falling during high winds. Every year, accidents like this happen across the UK when weather turns stormy or wintry, and many of these accidents could be avoided. If you notice a tree is overhanging, decaying or hazardous in some way, you should report it to your local council. They have a duty to deal with reports like these in a timely manner; after all, the safety of the general public is at stake. If they fail to deal with the problem and the tree falls, striking a pedestrian, house or vehicle, the results could be fatal.
If you have sustained an injury after a tree fell on you, your house or your car, you may have needed to spend time in hospital, taking time off work for treatment of your injuries and suffering loss of earnings. If you’re considering claiming compensation after being hurt by a falling tree, you’ll be glad to know that this will be taken into account when working out how much compensation you will receive.
Has a dangerous tree caused your injuries?
Injuries caused by falling trees can range from minor – cuts, bruises and even splinters – to serious injuries, even fatalities. If a tree falls on your car, it could be crushed, with you inside it. If a falling tree crashes through the roof or window of your home, those inside could be killed.
If your local council refuses to deal with a hazardous tree or are taking longer than they should to handle the report, they could be held responsible if the tree causes an accident and subsequent injuries. It doesn’t always have to take high winds or stormy weather either – overhanging or decaying trees can often fall down of their own accord, with serious consequences for those unlucky enough to be in their path.
How to make a claim for compensation
After being hurt by a falling tree, your first priority is to recover. Once you’re feeling better, why not call Accident Advice Helpline? We’re here to offer you confidential advice, and there is no obligation to proceed with a claim for compensation. We’ve helped hundreds of people just like you claim compensation for injuries caused by falling trees, so however you have suffered, we can help. Find out right now how much you could claim by taking the 30-second test on our website, then call our freephone helpline to speak to a member of the team today.