Many people have been on a pier at one point or another. For the most part this is an enjoyable place to be. There could be rides and attractions on bigger piers, and great views and the chance to have a stroll are guaranteed. Pier accidents do not occur very often but there is always a slim chance something could happen to cause someone to have an accident.
Every pier will be owned and/or managed by a particular company. It is the duty of that company to ensure the pier is safe to use at all times. For example there should be lifebuoys in place – generally in the shape of rings – that can be thrown into the water in case anyone falls off the pier into the water below.
These should be checked regularly to ensure they are safe for use. The structure of the pier should also be checked so that any damage or instability is spotted and fixed before anyone is in any potential danger.
The outcome of pier accidents
An accident on a pier could simply mean tripping on a piece of the deck or slipping on an oil patch if a vehicle has leaked oil there and it has not been cleared up properly. However there could be the potential for more serious things to happen as well.
For the most part slips, trips and falls could be very minor and may not incur any injuries other than some minor embarrassment. However you might end up being injured in some other way instead. Piers are usually in excellent condition thanks to maintenance procedures, but if a weakened railing were to give way it could potentially lead to a nasty accident.
Could you seek compensation?
You may well be asking yourself this question if you have been injured in an accident on a pier within the last three years.
Getting answers may seem difficult but it can be made easier if you seek professional legal help.
Accident Advice Helpline can help put you in contact with professional injury compensation lawyers if you have a good case.
Call us first on our free enquiry line, which is open today on 0800 689 0500, and indeed operates on a 24/7 basis. Could you claim compensation? Why not find out now in case you have a chance to make a good no win, no fee* case?
Date Published: August 9, 2015
Author: Rob Steen
Category: Accident in a public place