A wheelchair can make a huge difference to the lives of some disabled people. It can literally make the difference between being housebound and having the opportunity to get out and about.
There is still the potential for accidents to happen while using a wheelchair and if the user is already disabled or has limited mobility, the consequences of such an accident can be profound. A wheelchair injury can add to the problems already experienced by that person.
Injuries can occur for all kinds of reasons. For example one wheelchair user received £80,000 in compensation after suffering a wheelchair injury when his chair hit a pothole on a pavement. Other examples of situations in which injuries like this can potentially occur include cases where a wheelchair user requests a taxi and the driver does not properly ensure the wheelchair is locked in place. These are just a couple of examples but there are many other occasions when problems can occur. An injury for a wheelchair user can be devastating, even if it would be relatively minor for someone else. If the chair is damaged it may also leave them without the means to get out and about.
Is it possible to claim compensation for a wheelchair injury?
The answer will rest on whether or not there is proof of negligence in the specific situation. Evidence of negligence must be present for someone to have cause to launch a proper claim for monetary compensation. This is best determined by getting professional advice from an injury compensation lawyer. There is a three-year period during which you must initiate your claim if you are able to do so. This means even if you had an accident a while ago you could still claim compensation now, so the sooner you seek advice the better.
AAH provides no-obligation advice every minute of every day
We are here to provide the advice and insight you need if you feel you have been involved in an accident with your wheelchair that could have been prevented. We can help determine whether you can start a no win, no fee* claim if a potential hazard could have been prevented and your injuries could have been averted. Contact us today on our free 24/7 enquiry line to start the process and to make sure you get the advice you need from professional injury compensation lawyers.