For many people who go on holiday abroad, one of the perks of having a room or apartment is having a private balcony to use. It’s a great way to sun yourself so you can get a tan, as well as having a great view and some peace and quiet whenever you need it. Thankfully most balconies are perfectly safe to use, whether they are in properties abroad or in your own country. If you rent somewhere that has a balcony for example, or you have hired builders to create one at your home, you always expect the quality to be excellent so they are safe to use and enjoy.
Thankfully there are very few cases where balcony falls and accidents take place. However, they can potentially occur in some circumstances. Accident Advice Helpline fields calls from plenty of people each day, and there is the chance someone may call regarding an accident where they have been injured in a balcony fall.
How might balcony falls and accidents occur?
In cases where children have been injured, it can sometimes be found that the railings on a balcony are not sufficient to prevent a child from squeezing through or climbing them to get over the top. In other cases there is the potential for poorly-constructed balconies to fall, or for the railings or other barriers to give way.
These instances are exceptionally rare but they can happen. When this occurs the individual involved could receive serious injuries depending on how far they fall. Some might have a lucky escape if they fall into a pool or into bushes, but even then they could sustain injuries. Compensation could be payable if it is found negligence was involved.
Obviously prevention is better than experiencing an accident. It is vital to ensure any balcony area you use or have with a rented apartment is safe for use by children. They should never be left unsupervised in such an area. Railings should always be safely attached so they are not loose or in danger of coming loose at any point.
Fortunately if something does happen a quick call to Accident Advice Helpline can get you the answers you need regarding a no win, no fee* claim. Call 0800 689 0500 now – providing the accident occurred within the last three years you may well be able to claim, and our experienced advisors can provide the no-obligation advice you’re after.
Date Published: May 31, 2015
Author: Rob Steen