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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

    Five accident claims destined for failure

    Accidents at work

    Frank slipped on the cooking oil on the kitchen floor of the restaurant he worked in and landed awkwardly when crashing on the ground, spraining his ankle, breaking his wrist and suffering several cuts on his arm from the smashed plates of food that he had been carrying.

    However, Frank was the one who spilt the cooking oil and failed to clear it up, which means his work-related injuries were his fault and, despite his being out off work for two months following the incident, Alan was not able to claim work accident compensation.

    Slips trips and falls in the workplace

    Amy slipped on a wet landing at the work’s office block and fell down one flight of concrete steps, banging her head in the process. She was left with severe concussion and broken finger, leaving her unable to work for a month.

    But Amy chose to ignore the wet floor sign that the cleaner had erected, meaning Amy did not qualify to claim work injury compensation as the company had taken the appropriate steps to warn people of the wet floor.

    Road traffic accidents

    Pete failed to give way to his right when going over a mini-roundabout and left another road user no choice but to crash in to the side of his car.

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    Pete had failed to give way to his right, which is what road users are required to do at roundabouts, and despite suffering whiplash and a badly cut hand from his smashed car window, could not claim road traffic accident compensation because he was at fault in the accident.

    Travel accident compensation

    The Smith family were enjoying their day by the swimming pool at the Spanish hotel they were staying in when 17-year-old Alice dived into the shallow end and smashed her head on the bottom of the pool, leaving her with concussion, a broken nose and three lost teeth.

    However, the hotel had four signs surrounding the pool stating the depth of the shallow end and that no diving was allowed in the shallow end, meaning the Smith family were unable to claim for travel accident compensation.

    Bicycle injury compensation

    Brian was riding his bicycle to work when he decided to jump a red light on a busy highway. Brian, who was travelling at around 15mph, was met with traffic coming from the right of him and he collided with a car, sending him flying over the handlebars and breaking his wrist and ankle.

    The bicycle accident was Brian’s fault as he did not obey the red light and, although it left him unable to work for two months, Accident Advice Helpline had to inform him that he did not have a valid case to claim compensation.

    Date Published: October 3, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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