University is an exciting time in which young adults learn to become more independent. As well as learning to study and developing social skills, it is also the time they have to pay bills, manage finances and so on. If an accident occurs at university, they need to be aware of whether or not to pursue compensation. With the right guidance, students can make a university accident claim knowing that they are getting genuine representation.
Different types of claim
- If you slip on a surface and the area is either not properly marked or maintained;
- Injuring yourself on defective equipment (including chairs, sports equipment, etc.);
- Exposure to asbestos (especially if the university was made aware of the asbestos and did not take prompt steps to have it removed);
- Not being given the proper training when asked to lift or carry heavy equipment;
- Food poisoning (especially if it can be proven that the university has not followed health and safety guidelines with regard to hygiene); and
- Violent attacks may or may not be covered — contact us for more information.
The crucial thing to remember is that in any claim it is about whether or not the person is not responsible for an injury. For example, if someone is misusing a fire extinguisher and they injure themselves, they can’t make a claim for it. However, if someone is using defective gym equipment and they fall and hurt themselves, it is not their fault and therefore a claim could be made.
Making an accident claim at university
Ideally, when an accident occurs you ought to take photos, especially if you can prove that any equipment or surfaces have been damaged and not properly maintained. It is also important to keep receipts for any medication or other costs involved. It is worth remembering that this not only applies to students but also to teaching assistants and lecturers as well, who may be able to get compensation if they are injured on university grounds.
While some people can be cynical about this kind of claim, it is important to remember that these standards are meant to protect people. While it is expected that there is always some degree of risk on any premises, if these risks could potentially be prevented then it is the responsibility of the university to deal with this as soon as possible.
If you or a member of your family has been injured on university grounds, or even outside the university when students are supposed to be supervised, then you ought to be able to pursue a claim. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have a large team of expert professionals who can talk over the details of a claim with you and help you to get the compensation you deserve. Call us today on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: October 15, 2013
Author: David Brown