Being a fresher is both nerve-wracking and exciting – you’re keen to start this new life away from home, but you’re on your own with no mates and unsure of who you’re going to be dumped with. The university is well aware of this, so to prepare you, there’s a week of activities and cheap booze to break the ice and get everyone acquainted. On the nights out you know to be careful, and you’ll try to avoid getting lost in the city, for example. But there are more hazards to avoid, and here is our top five accident claims.
Being injured in a road traffic accident
When you’re in a new place, you don’t know the roads, and this can make you vulnerable. You’re even more vulnerable if you’ve been drinking, and that car may not be as far away as you thought.
This is a big one; students are well-known for their antics when they hit the pubs and clubs of a university town, and it’s almost every week that someone ends up needing to visit A&E with a vomit-stained shirt because they consumed more than they should have. While usually little harm is done, occasionally excess drinking can turn nasty, with frightening consequences.
This is perhaps the most common one to watch out for, because you don’t need to be drunk or observing the speed of an oncoming car; instead, you can be walking along, completely sober, and before you know it your toe has caught the upturned lip of a loose paving slab and your teeth have left your mouth faster than an Olympic runner leaves the starting line.
Obviously you need to take care when nuking the meal-for-one from the local supermarket that you don’t burn your tongue, but exposure to excess temperatures can happen elsewhere, too. You may not be warned about hot surfaces in the canteen, for example.Open Claim Calculator
A lecturer may absent-mindedly leave a box of new textbooks on the floor obstructing the walkway. As you stand up and take a step forward, you fall over and suffer an injury from falling.
Filing accident claims for slips, trips and falls
To seek compensation for an injury, Accident Advice Helpline is the go-to company. With over a decade of experience and handling everything from car crash claims to repetitive strain injury claims, you won’t be in safer hands anywhere else.