Libraries are pretty safe places to be – and they’re educational and fun too. Where else can you browse the web, read, study, relax and go home with a stack of books to keep you entertained – all for free? Spending time at the library is a great activity for kids and adults of all ages, but what happens if you have been involved in an accident in a library? Whilst it’s true libraries are hardly the most dangerous environment to be in, there have been cases where members of the public have been seriously injured whilst visiting their local library. If you’ve been the victim of an accident in a library, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline and we’ll tell you if you’re able to claim personal injury compensation.
Stranger than fiction
You probably wouldn’t believe us if we told you all of the weird and wonderful accidents that have happened in libraries across the country, so let’s stick to some of the most common ones that we have handled claims for:
- Slips, trips and falls – for example, tripping over a box of books, catching your shoe in damaged flooring or slipping on a wet patch caused by a leaking roof
- Injured by heavy books falling off shelves
- Injured by faulty bookcases which have collapsed
- Lacerations caused by damaged seating, bookcases or other furniture
- Facial and head injuries caused by striking head/face on objects during a fall
- Electric shock from faulty computers or other electrical equipment
You could find yourself eligible to claim personal injury compensation if you’ve been injured whilst visiting your local library, and it’s important to report your accident to library staff, so that it can be recorded.
Not the end of the story
Most libraries are run by the local council, so if you’ve been injured, it is worth contacting them to let them know about your accident. You could claim personal injury compensation from the council if you’ve been hurt in a library accident, as it’s their job to ensure that the premises are a safe place to be. Give Accident Advice Helpline a call on 0800 689 0500 and you’ll benefit from our 100% no win, no fee* service, so you can afford to claim personal injury compensation even if you’re a penniless student or struggling writer. We don’t believe anybody should suffer in silence, so if you have been electrocuted by faulty library equipment or suffered injuries caused by heavy books falling on you, get in touch with us today.
Date Published: September 29, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton