Can you imagine being injured on a pier? You may not actually have to imagine it if you have had an experience like this in the recent past. You may have slipped or tripped on a hazard on a pier, or perhaps leaned against a faulty railing and fallen as a result – perhaps even onto the beach below or into the water. Accidents like this don’t happen often but the potential risks associated with more serious incidents are clear to see.
The majority of companies that are in charge of maintaining piers for us all to enjoy take great care in making sure the piers are safe at all times. If this duty of care is not properly adhered to, there could be an increased chance of something going wrong to cause someone to be injured on a pier.
A frightening experience
The very nature of a pier means we will walk along a structure that juts out to sea. The length of a pier will vary depending on a variety of factors. However even if a pier is relatively short it should be safe to walk on, to enjoy and to appreciate in every way.
Accidents on a pier could range from a simple trip or slip to a more serious incident. For example if part of the decking forming the main part of the pier was rotten and gave way underneath you, this would be incredibly frightening. This holds true even if you didn’t fall through the pier and into the water.
Claiming compensation for your accident
Regardless of the nature of your accident and how or why it occurred, it is incredibly important to work out whether you might be entitled to any compensation. If someone else was negligent to some degree, this could support a successful claim.
For example if it can be proven that someone did not maintain the pier to the required degree, and this caused you to have an accident, you could have a good case to argue.
If you feel this might be the case, you should contact Accident Advice Helpline. With 15 years’ experience under our belt, we are well-placed to make sure you find out exactly where you stand and whether compensation could be a possibility. Call us on 0800 689 0500 and get the answers you know you really need to have.