When home improvement turns into a home accident
DIY can have its hazards, and many of us who wish to carry out home improvements might think we can take a safer course of action by hiring a professional to do the work for us. Unfortunately, as we can see from many of the television programmes which document so-called ‘cowboy’ workers, not all contractors can be trusted, as one Accident Advice Helpline client in west London recently learned after his injury claim in Hounslow.
What happens when work goes wrong?
Our ‘injury claim in Hounslow’ victim made the mistake of hiring a negligent and unqualified builder to fit several shelves on the wall above his single bed. The builder was made aware that the victim intended to transfer a large collection of books to the shelves, and even had occasion to inspect the collection himself. In the end the shelves lasted for 3 days – and eventually gave way early one morning when building work in the street outside resulted in vibrations which brought the collection crashing down on the claimant.
Personal injury can often result from defective or sub-standard work. It is extremely important that we take all possible precautions when hiring contractors. This is particularly to be stressed when the work being carried out relates to utilities which can be potentially dangerous such as gas or electricity, seeking out professionals accredited with the appropriate professional bodies is advisable.
However, even simple home-improvements might give rise to an ‘injury claim in Hounslow’ type event. Every year, thousands of home-owners up and down the country are injured when simple installations such as shelves, stair banisters and flooring are faulty. An injury claim for faulty work should be an automatic consideration if you are the victim of an accident resulting from that work.
Does this injury claim in Hounslow sound familiar?
There is a slight distinction to bear in mind when assessing such claims between whether the injury claim against faulty work relates to a domestic or professional setting:
Domestic work – If the harm is caused by negligent work, then there is a default liability which could result in an injury claim. This is because the Sale of Goods Act regulates certain aspects of the relationship between business service providers and the general public, and it specifically nullifies any contract which attempts to exclude or limit liability for the worker’s negligence.
Commercial work – This area operates slightly differently because the law does not so heavily control the contractual terms which exist between one business and another. For this reason it is prudent to consult a professional lawyer when contemplating a claim and before contracting.
Have you been injured?
If you have been injured by an accident similar to the injury claim in Hounslow then the best possible step is to consult the helpful and highly trained advisers at Accident Advice Helpline as soon as possible after the injury occurs. This is because it is very important to take rapid steps to collect evidence in support of the claim, and your adviser will be able to direct you to prepare for your injury claim.
Just call 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) for a no obligation chat today!