Why do you visit your doctor? The answer could be to receive medication, to receive advice, and perhaps to receive treatment, either for an illness or for an injury of some kind. All in all, you would have to consider that a visit would be an encouraging and positive thing. You certainly wouldn’t expect to be injured during that visit.
Just as all other public places have to be safe to use, and be managed in accordance with health and safety rules, so doctor’s surgeries also have to be safe and sound. The injuries you could sustain in a doctor’s surgery could potentially be anything from very minor ones to more serious injuries that require extensive treatment. While such injuries are exceptionally rare, this knowledge does not help anyone who may have suffered in this manner in the past few years.
What are the injuries you could sustain in a doctor’s surgery?
Slips, trips and falls are among the more common incidents to occur anywhere. They could potentially occur in a doctor’s surgery, either in the waiting room, in corridors or in the surgery room itself, depending on what occurs. While they are indeed rare, they could happen if the floors were unsafe for some reason. For instance, a spillage could occur that is not properly or quickly cleaned up. If the floor is left wet, someone could potentially slip on it.
Thankfully, very few people experience any sort of injury in a surgery of this kind. It is rare for someone to suffer in this way, but if an accident should occur, it is important to consider how it happened and whether or not there would be a chance for someone to claim compensation.
Is it right to claim compensation?
Some people feel guilty at considering this prospect. However, in cases where people have been hurt when they were not to blame, but instead because someone else was to blame, it is only right to think along these lines.
If you have any doubts, why not call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out more? We could be in a position to assist you, so if you call on our free enquiry line you can speak to someone who has already helped other people just like you. Why not make a call now and see whether compensation might be possible?
Date Published: April 1, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead