Accidents, illness or simply old age can lead people to make changes in their lives when they are less able to move around and do the things they used to. If you live in a house and you find you can no longer manage the stairs, it can present all kinds of problems. Few people want to leave their home to move into a single-level property, but there are other solutions that mean they can stay in their own homes.
One of the most popular solutions is to install a stair lift. This is a motorised piece of equipment that provides a fold-down seat so others can use the stairs normally when needed. When you want to use the stair lift you simply sit in it and operate it so it takes you up or down the stairs in safety.
Generally speaking, these are very safe and designed for long-term and regular use. However there is the potential for a stair lift injury to be incurred if the lift is not properly installed in the first place. There are also potential hazards that could arise if the stair lift has not been made properly.
Does a stair lift injury warrant compensation?
A stair lift injury could occur in many ways. For example, hand injuries can occur if someone falls and has to try and break their fall. It should be impossible for someone to trap their hands or feet in the machinery. The worst injuries would occur if someone were to fall from a stair lift when it was approaching the top of the stairs. In these cases, there may be cause for compensation to be paid if the person involved sustained injuries that could have been prevented. Proof of negligence in the creation or installation of the stair lift must be evident.
Accident Advice Helpline will help you with advice and support
We have been helping people for the past 14 years and we may be able to help you too. If you have been injured in this way within the past three years you could have a case we might be able to help you with. Contact us today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone and speak to one of our team. We also offer a 30-second online test to help determine whether you can launch a ‘no win, no fee*’ claim for compensation.
Date Published: July 18, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Personal injury claims