The likelihood of being involved in a personal injury action as a claimant is statistically highest for people who suffer certain forms of disability. There are two prime reasons for this.
The first is that people who live and work in close proximity to those with disabilities – and are aware of those disabilities – naturally have a heightened legal duty to not create danger which might afflict the disabled person, which results in a greater number of claims. The second reason comes down to the fact of disabled people being more at risk as a direct result of their disability, which clearly varies with the nature of the disability.
Disabled most at risk
People who have impaired hearing or sight were traditionally most at risk, although this trend has happily changed somewhat with the implementation of modern safety techniques which follow neatly from a greater main-streaming of the needs of vulnerable minorities. These techniques range from the broader but still stifled availability of guide dogs for the blind to the provision of visual augments to emergency alarm systems. Indeed, perhaps the effective mechanism put in place over recent years are tactile surfaces surrounding road crossing installations – those ‘bumpy’ tiles usually coloured off-red – which have made it far easier for partially sighted people to identify appropriate crossing points.
A recent example of an accident injury claim in High Bentham
An unfortunate recent example serves, however, to show that there is still a way to go between the present situation and the proper safety for disabled people. The injury claim High Bentham occurred because a roadside crossing had developed an electrical fault which prevented it from making the proper sound effect which indicates the safe and unsafe crossing periods.
A partially-sighted gentleman became confused and began to cross just as waiting traffic began to move forward. It is fortunate that on this occasion the injury claim High Bentham victim received only minor injuries as the driver broke very quickly. Passers-by provided assistance and the man was taken to hospital, although was released with walking aids later that evening. The local council had been aware of the fault, and offered an out of court settlement to the accident injury claim in High Bentham victim believed to be in the region of £1000.
If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident similar to the accident injury claim in High Bentham, just call 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) for a no obligation chat today.
Date Published: 6th September 2013
Author: David Brown