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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Compensation for a falling advertising hoarding injury

    It’s not something we hear about very often, but every year people and property are struck randomly by a falling advertising hoarding. Sadly these accidents have resulted in fatalities. These displays are in every big town and every city and part and parcel of modern life. Because they are huge heavy structures, if unstable or damaged they can cause major impact on falling and result in serious crush injuries which are sometimes life-changing.

    One woman suffered a serious back injury in such an incident and was unable to work afterwards. The firms responsible for erecting the billboards and those who manage the sites where they are located can be prosecuted for failure to carry out proper maintenance work. They can also be brought to book for neglecting to implement the necessary risk assessments before erecting particularly large structures.

    How much of a danger to the public is falling advertising?

    Shop billboards and advertising hoardings are usually attached to the frontage of businesses, or to high walls or metal gantry. When securely erected and properly and legally sited they should pose no threat to pedestrians or motorists. But because these large, substantial, heavy structures are often made out of wood they can rot over time and become less secure in high winds. All it takes then is a gust of wind to whip them away from the wall and then they will come crashing down with potential damage to property and life.

    Large display stands at ground level which are inadequately weighted down and poorly designed can also become insecure, especially in high speed winds. By law, advertising billboards and hoardings must not be displayed anywhere where they can obscure transport signs and they must be maintained in a condition that does not make them likely to be a risk to the public.

    Do you need to seek no-obligation advice regarding an accident?

    If you have suffered a falling advertising hoarding injury you may wish to take legal advice. You can contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to ensure you have the chance to ask about the nature of your accident and to speak with a professional injury compensation specialist. Call us free 24/7 for more information and take advantage of our 14 years’ experience. We could be in a position to provide you with a chance to claim compensation via a no-win, no-fee* case.

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    Date Published: February 6, 2015

    Author: Carly Robins

    Category: Accident in a public place

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.