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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

    Accident injury claim in Houghton Le Spring


    An unfortunate recent accident injury claim in Houghton Le Spring has challenged us at Accident Advice Helpline HQ to investigate the relationship between the duties owed by an employer to his employees and vicarious liability. In the injury claim in Houghton Le Spring, a cleaner was wounded when a faulty light fitting delivered an extensive electric charge through her hand. The injury claim in Houghton Le Spring cleaner received electrical burns and is being tested for a range of other conditions.

    In considering the claim, Accident Advice Helpline staff must consider the special nature of the relationships involved. An employer will always owe very extensive duties to maintain a safe working environment for his employees, while the injury claim in Houghton Le Spring could also be interpreted in line with the ordinary duties of a property owner towards invited visitors onto their land.

    Accident injury claim Houghton Le Spring

    Liability for an accident injury claim in Houghton Le Spring is dealt with under the heading of so-called ‘occupiers liability’. Occupiers liability in law can be divided into two types, firstly, the duty which an occupier of land owes to visitors to his property and the duty which he owes to trespassers to his property. The first is covered by the Occupiers Liability Act 1957 and the latter under the Occupiers Liability Act 1984.

    With regard to visitors the Occupiers Liability Act 1957, the law imposes broad duties to guarantee the safety of people invited onto the property. Injures which result from hazards on the property will generally incur liability unless warnings given were sufficiently clear as to make it straightforward for the visitor to safeguard their own safety. In the case of the Occupiers Liability Act 1984, the law has a narrower conception of the duties owed towards trespassers. A trespasser need not be a criminal intruder, but can be anyone who enters land without the invitation of the occupier. There is only a duty owed by the occupier if the occupier is reasonably aware of the danger and the occupier is aware of the likelihood of trespassers near the hazard.

    In this case, liability was founded very easily following the injury claim in Houghton Le Spring and the judge awarded damages without specifying which kind of claim he was intending to allow, although it seems clear that damages were always determined to flow.

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    If you feel that you might have suffered an injury claim in Houghton Le Spring then you should contact Accident Advice Helpline, a process that really couldn’t be easier. You can call for free on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) or just text “claim365” to 88010. All initial advice and correspondence is on a no obligation basis and even if Accident Advice Helpline take on your case it will be on a no win no fee basis. If you are still not convinced, why not take a look at Accident Advice Helpline’s unique, free online injury claim calculator to get a rough idea of the value of the compensation you could receive.

    Date Published: 28th October 2013

    Author: David Brown

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