Buildings may be abandoned for all kinds of reasons. For example, they may be left empty because they are no longer fit for purpose. In the case of business use, a particular building may have been used for one purpose and then left empty in the hope that a new owner would come along to use it. If this does not happen, a building may lie empty for many years without being used.
In these cases, the property should always be properly secured so that no one can enter it. Children are naturally curious and we have seen cases here at Accident Advice Helpline where children have entered a building that is no longer used to explore and play there. Unfortunately, some have sustained injuries in abandoned buildings that were not properly secured and were thus easy to enter. Children do not always know to stay out of such areas.
How dangerous might abandoned buildings be?
In some cases, they can be very dangerous. We have come across instances where people have wandered into such areas not realising that the buildings themselves were unstable. If there is no fence or the security measures in place are not sufficient, it can be easy to access such sites. A lack of warning signs might also prompt children to assume that the buildings are safe. Accident Advice Helpline’s advisors have explored cases on behalf of those who have been injured in such circumstances, where the owner of the property was negligent in securing it.
Why is it always best to steer clear of an abandoned building?
The truth is that you can never know what is inside or how good or bad the condition of the building might be. On the outside it may look empty but fairly strong, but on the inside there could be weak floors and numerous other dangers lurking that could be a problem.
If you or someone in your family has suffered an injury while exploring a building that was not properly secured, it is worth calling Accident Advice Helpline now. We can provide no-obligation advice for you, so it becomes easier to work out whether you could be entitled to compensation. All you need to do is call 0800 689 0500 to speak with someone who can help you. Professional injury compensation lawyers could be in a position to assist you.
Date Published: May 12, 2015
Author: David Brown