Automatic doors are a great boon in modern society. They are popping up more and more too, which is very useful if you happen to have your hands full when you are approaching one. While automatic door accidents are extremely rare there are situations where they can potentially occur. Doors of this kind usually slide away to either side as someone approaches. They work by using a sensor mounted above the door that detects when someone is approaching. If something goes wrong they can be potentially dangerous to use.
A typical accident that could potentially occur in this situation would be if someone walked through the doors when they opened, only to have them shut on them before they had gone through. If there was a fault with the doors that led to someone suffering an injury, this could potentially mean the people responsible for the operation of the doors are negligent.
What injuries could be suffered in automatic door accidents?
There is a chance that someone might suffer injuries to their arms or back if they were caught in automatic doors of this kind. A lot would depend on how quickly they shut, but they would naturally catch the arms of the person as they walked through. They might also lead to foot or leg injuries depending on where the person was at the time the doors closed. If this happened quickly there may not be enough time to get out of the way.
Accident Advice Helpline has come across cases where people have been injured as a result of automatic door accidents. In other cases people have been caught like this and ended up having existing problems getting worse as a result. This might also lead to a compensation claim if negligence could be proven.
Unexpected closing doors
No one would expect automatic doors to close on them as they walked through them. However, as we have seen here, it can happen. The most important thing to do if this happens to you is to get any injuries treated and to see if you could make a compensation claim for your pain and suffering.
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