Many people would agree that young children have no fear. Perhaps it is more appropriate to say they have not yet learned how to be aware of potential dangers so they can avoid the chances of being hurt. Accidents do happen and as children are growing up they are likely to find themselves having the odd knock or minor accident to contend with. However, incidents like child balcony falls are thankfully far less common than the more regular types of accidents they might be involved with.
Child balcony falls can occur when children are left unsupervised, or if the condition of the balcony is poor. For example the railings may be loose or old, or they may be spaced far enough apart to allow a child to wriggle through them. In cases where negligence with regard to health and safety is present, a compensation claim for injuries caused to the child could be launched.
How far might a fall of this nature be?
Obviously it depends on which floor the balcony is on. There have been incidents where a child has fallen from the first floor, and other cases where a child has fallen from a much greater height. Clearly the danger is greater if they fall from a higher floor, but in every case there is the potential for serious injuries to be sustained.
The team at Accident Advice Helpline have taken calls from people wanting to know whether a fall of this nature involving their child has the potential to result in compensation. While their injuries will not be taken away by such a claim, the cost of caring for them if they suffer severe injuries can be met by a successful claim if one is warranted.
Recovering from a fall
A fall of this kind can be very serious indeed. This holds true if an adult were to fall from a building, and a child can also be badly hurt. The safety of balconies must always be checked regardless of where the balcony is. It should always be fit for purpose and be safe to use, as this can help prevent accidents such as these.
Call 0800 689 0500 without delay if your child has been hurt in a similar incident. Accident Advice Helpline is able to provide no-obligation advice and your case may be taken by one of our professional lawyers experienced in compensation claims too.
Date Published: May 31, 2015
Author: Rob Steen