When home improvement turns to home accident
DIY can have its hazards, and many of us who wish to carry our 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.
What happens when work goes wrong?
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, and seeking out professionals accredited with the appropriate professional bodies is advisable.
However, even simple home improvements might give rise to making a successful personal injury claim for faulty work. Every year, thousands of homeowners up and down the country are injured when simple installations such as shelves, stair banisters and flooring are faulty. Making a successful personal injury claim for faulty work is almost automatic if you are the victim of an accident from such work.
Do I have a chance of making a successful personal injury claim for faulty work?
There is a slight distinction to be borne in mind when assessing such claims between whether the injury claim for faulty work relates to a domestic or professional setting:
- Domestic work – If the harm is caused by negligent work, there is a default liability which could result in an injury claim for faulty work. 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 workers negligence; and
- 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.
If you have been injured by faulty work, 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 on the steps to take to prepare for your injury claim faulty work.
Just call 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) for a no-obligation chat today.