Have you been injured in an avoidable accident due to someone else’s negligence?
Accidents can be hard to define; one person’s fault-free mishap is another’s entirely avoidable trip or fall, so when you’re trying to work out whether any blame can be attached to your accident or not, it’s worth asking yourself the following three questions:
What is an avoidable accident?
- Was the cause of the accident your fault?
- Is there anything you could have done to prevent the accident happening?
- Is the accident someone else’s fault?
RoSPA – The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents – define an accident as an event causing injury or damage to person or property, which isn’t planned, and is beyond the control of the person suffering injury.
An avoidable accident at home
The most common accidents you are likely to experience are those that take place in the home. With garden and DIY incidents topping the list, defining what is an accident at home can sometimes be difficult.
More than half a million people a year end up going to hospital simply from walking into furniture at home, or dropping something on their foot! Close to another quarter of a million will arrive at hospital with cuts, so accident prevention both in the kitchen and when undertaking home improvements is essential.
Most DIY accidents are preventable, so when asking, ‘What is an avoidable accident?’ under these circumstances, it’s worth double-checking that all possible precautions were taken; were stepladders checked as secure, and did you wear suitable safety gear, such as goggles, gloves, masks, and other protective clothing? Unless mechanical failure caused your accident, there’s a good chance you missed something in your safety preparation.
There’s something very typically stiff upper lip about brushing off accidents and just carrying on, but when they involve a slip or fall in the street, or a workplace incident which causes us injury, there’s a good chance that they weren’t our fault, and could have been prevented. When accidents result in us having to take time off work, the severity of the injury can pale into insignificance beside the financial or care difficulties you might experience.
Contact us today
If you’re unsure whether you can claim compensation for being injured by someone else’s negligence contact us today. Visiting Accident Advice Helpline’s website and taking our 30-second test might be useful to you. When a company is backed by a consumer champion like Dame Esther Rantzen, you know that you’ll be in safe hands with any claim you might be entitled to make.
Call us now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: 10th July 2014
Author: Jan Newell