Wheelchair ramps make it much easier for some people to enter buildings. While the name implies that their main purpose is to accommodate wheelchairs, other people do use them as well. For example, if someone has problems with their knee joints, it is very often easier to climb a gradual slope than it is to try to manage stairs.
Wheelchair ramps have to meet certain requirements in order to be legal. For example, they should have a non-slip surface and have a handrail from one end to the other. There are other rules and regulations that apply too, and if all of these are adhered to and the ramp is properly maintained then it should be safe to use.
Unfortunately, while this does apply in most cases, it does not apply in all of them. If the ramp is not fit for purpose, someone may slip, trip or fall while using it. This can result in a wheelchair ramp injury to any part of the body. Injuries could be anything from a minor graze and a few bruises to fractured or broken bones, depending on the nature of the fall experienced and the age of the person who falls.
Do you have good cause to claim compensation for a wheelchair ramp injury?
As we have seen, all ramps must adhere to the legal regulations for their installation and use. If a ramp has not been installed or made properly (or it has not been maintained properly), there may be evidence that negligence has occurred. Accidents do happen of course, but in cases where they have occurred as a direct result of negligence, you might have a case for compensation that should be answered. If in doubt, it is always best to find out whether you can start the claims process.
Get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline now
In any case, if you have sustained a wheelchair ramp injury within the last three years, it might be worth contacting us on our free 24/7 enquiry line. We have an experienced team of professional injury compensation lawyers ready to provide you with the professional no-obligation advice you require. Don’t be left wondering whether you could claim or whether you have evidence – let us help you where it is most needed. Call us today, or if you prefer you can take our 30-second online test to determine whether you might have a case.
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Date Published: July 18, 2014
Author: David Brown