The concept of a DIY accident claim may at first seem bizarre. After all, DIY – do-it-yourself – means that you did the work, so if something goes wrong and it leads to an accident, you cannot be blamed for thinking that you must have brought it upon yourself.
In general, if you brought the misfortune upon yourself, you cannot make a compensation claim. The term DIY, however, can be bit of a misnomer. Accidents can actually be caused by a third party when performing do-it-yourself projects, and when they happen you should contact personal injury specialists such as Accident Advice Helpline to inquire about making a DIY accident claim.
How a DIY accident can happen
Even though DIY means doing the work yourself, you have to first purchase certain equipment before commencing the task. One of the most common DIY projects is the flat pack. Many large stores sell furniture, such as bookshelves and cabinets with the parts and fittings not constructed and boxed up. There are instructions in the pack on how the item of furniture should be assembled. Millions of these flat packs are sold every year and the finished articles adorn homes and offices across the country. If one is faulty, however, and contains substandard parts and equipment, it can lead to injury. In such cases, you may be able to make a DIY accident claim.
Of course, not every DIY project involves a flat pack. But certain items of equipment still have to be bought before the project can begin. Depending on the job in hand, the items needed could include wood, nails, screws, ladders, platforms and safety equipment, to name just a few. Electrical equipment such as drills, electric screwdrivers and sanders may also be required, and if these are substandard they could cause a nasty accident that leads to serious injury. Should this happen it is your own best interest to contact a law firm such as Accident Advice Helpline with a view to making a DIY accident claim.
You may also be able to make a claim even if you did not complete the project, for example if you have moved into a new property where DIY work has been carried out. If the work has not been completed properly and results in either you or one of your family being injured, there may be grounds for a claim.
What Accident Advice Helpline can do for you
The experienced solicitors here at Accident Advice Helpline will be able to determine whether or not you have grounds for a claim. Our solicitors have the expertise to assess and handle claims such as these.
Whether or not there are grounds for the claim will depend on the information you provide us, as well as that from witnesses and third parties. If we believe that you have legal grounds for a claim, we can offer to represent you on a no win no fee* basis.
To inquire about making a DIY accident claim, call our free 24/7 accident advice helpline on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: July 23, 2014
Author: David Brown