Slips, trips and falls can happen anywhere and are often just accidents or are due to carelessness. However, in some cases, they can be the fault of someone else. Falling from a window, especially from height, can cause a very serious accident which can result in injuries. Head injuries are common as are broken bones and fractures. Spinal injuries may also occur which can lead to future health problems. If you work with windows, precautions should be taken to prevent you from falling out. However, if you are at home and suffer a fall, it is worthwhile to determine if that fall could have been prevented. Windows are often fitted with locks and other mechanisms to prevent them from being easy to fall out of but, if these are poorly fitted or maintained, accidents have the potential to happen.
Types of falls and how they can happen
Falling from a window can be due to a fluke accident or there could be more to it. Perhaps the window lock was not secure enough or the window was not fitted with a locking mechanism to prevent it from opening too wide. Maybe there should have been protective barriers in place, (e.g. in a nursery or school) to lessen the chances of someone falling out. It could be that you work with windows and there was no protective equipment available to prevent you from falling out of the open space. If you were careful and took all suitable precautions to prevent a fall from a window, then you are unlikely to do so. If someone else was at fault for an accidental fall, then you could make a claim for compensation, particularly if you suffered an injury.
Calling Accident Advice Helpline
You can pick up the phone and dial our free 24-hour helpline to obtain some no-obligation legal advice regarding a fall from a window. Should you have evidence of negligence or you feel that someone else was at fault for your accident, then we can help you make a claim for compensation should you choose to. As long as your accident occurred within the last three years and you suffered an injury, we can take you step by step through the process of claiming the compensation you deserve. Just give us a call or try out our 30-second online test to determine how successful your claim is likely to be.
Date Published: July 12, 2014
Author: David Brown