The Aberdeenshire town of Stonehaven is found 15 miles south of Aberdeen in sheltered Stonehaven Bay. Because of its geographical position and because two rivers meet at this point, the area is prone to flooding. Injury claims solicitors in Stonehaven deal with claims for compensation that have arisen out of all sorts of incidents and that includes flooding. Although you can choose to place your claim with local injury claims solicitors in Stonehaven, if you are looking for the experts in injury claims, call us at Accident Advice Helpline.
Injury claims solicitors in Stonehaven can help you claim compensation if you have been involved in a flood-related accident that was not your fault. You will claim the compensation from the person who was at fault or from their insurance policy. Many injury claims solicitors in Stonehaven have, over the years, heard about many accidents and tragic tales involving floods. Here are some common-sense precautions to keep yourself and your family safe in a flooding situation.
Injury claims solicitors in Stonehaven – safety precautions for flooding
- Flooding can occur from the sea and from rivers. Localised flooding can arise from drains. Always put your safety and the safety of others first – before property and pets.
- Be aware of what flood warnings are and of how they work. If you are an employer or the manger of a property that members of the public visit remember that you have responsibilities for their safety. There are generally three types of flood warning.
- The first flood warning is FLOOD WATCH. This means that low lying land and roads are expected to be flooded. You should listen to the local news and weather forecasts and be prepared to act quickly.
- The second flood warning is FLOOD WARNING. This means that flooding of homes and businesses is expected and that you should act immediately. You should be prepared to evacuate immediately. You may need to turn off gas, electricity and water if it is safe to do so.
- The third flood warning is SEVERE FLOOD WARNING. This means that there is extreme danger to life and property. Injuries and loss of life are possible. The injury claims solicitors in Stonehaven may become involved in personal injury claims. You should be ready to evacuate immediately. You should also avoid electrical sources and should not walk or drive through the flood water. The emergency services will direct you further about what you need to do so listen carefully to their directions.
- The final flood warning is ALL CLEAR. This means that the flood watches and warnings are no longer in place. However, it does not mean that it is perfectly safe for you, your employees or members of the public to return to the flooded properties. Only return if you are advised to do so and remember that there are electrical and sharp hazards in flooded properties. Also, flood water is frequently contaminate with sewage and so presents a risk of infection. So, in such circumstances, do be very careful.
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: 24th May 2013
Author: David Brown