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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

    Were you injured by faulty DIY equipment?

    DIY is often a much cheaper option than hiring someone to come in and do a job for you. While you may not be able to do everything yourself, you could do far more than you might think. Many people do tackle jobs around the house on their own, in order to save money. However, if they end up injured by faulty DIY equipment, they can end up being hurt and unable to do other things for themselves – much less finish the job they had started.

    It’s common enough for people to use the wrong tools to do certain jobs and to be injured as a result. However, if you do use the right tools and you use them as they are designed to be used, and you end up with injuries anyway, it can be incredibly frustrating – not to mention potentially dangerous.

    Examples of what might happen

    A faulty tool could be faulty in any number of ways. The bit of a drill may not stay firmly in place when you use it, causing it to fall out as you are drilling. A saw blade may snap in half instead of flexing as it should do. A power tool may not charge properly, causing it to overheat and cause you a burn as you touch it. It might even give you an electric shock if it has to be plugged into the mains in order to use it in the first place.

    Other items such as work benches, screwdrivers, tool boxes and anything else you can think of should also be fit for purpose. If it is faulty when you buy it, or it breaks within a reasonable time when you have been using it in accordance with the instructions provided, you could have a chance to claim compensation.

    How can you find out whether this might be true?

    It is hard to determine whether you have a chance to make a no win, no fee* claim – unless, that is, you seek proper advice on the topic.

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    Accident Advice Helpline could be well placed to help you. Our free enquiry line has been the first port of call for many other people just like you, and they have often been able to make a no win, no fee* claim too. All you need to do is call 0800 689 0500 to see if you can join them.

    Date Published: June 19, 2016

    Author: Allison Whitehead

    Category: Defective equipment accident claims

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.