Our homes are refuges, places we retreat to where we feel safe and protected from the rest of the world. However, it’s a sad fact that many personal injuries and accidents happen at home; approximately 6,000 people die every year as a result of accidents at home.
Many people presume that any accident, injury or illness that happens at home must be their own fault as it is an area under their control. Yet this is not necessarily the case and if someone else is the cause of such an accident or illness then you should seek compensation using a local personal injury lawyer in Haverhill.
Accidents and illnesses at home
Here we’ll offer a few examples of the types of accidents and illnesses that happen at home that may be the result of another person or company’s actions or negligence:
- Skin irritations as a result of a faulty health and beauty or cleaning product
- Asthma caused by dampness in the environment
- Shocks, explosions or fires as a result of faulty electrical products
- Food poisoning from contaminated food
- Falls down the stairs
- DIY accidents due to faulty products or inadequate instructions
Just because it’s your home doesn’t mean that any accident that happens there is your fault. You could be a tenant of a private or council property, therefore your landlord will be responsible for many aspects of the property. If they fail to carry out periodic health and safety checks and an accident happens, they could be liable.
For example, if you are diagnosed as asthmatic after being exposed to a damp environment at home which had been reported to your landlord or housing association but no action was taken, the condition could be seen as a result of their negligence.
More often than not, accidents and illnesses happen as a result of products that are brought into the home. Thus they are usually made or manufactured by a company. If there is a problem with an item and this causes an accident or illness in your home, then the responsibility could lie with this company. For instance, you could get sick from food poisoning as a result of eating contaminated food purchased at a local store or supermarket.
Similarly, an electrical product such as a toaster, blender or kettle may not have been put through standard health and safety checks before being made available for sale. Again, the responsibility for any ensuing injuries would lie with the manufacturer.
Get legal help
As you can probably deduce from the above information, determining responsibility for an accident at home can be complicated which is why we advise you to consult a legal professional for advice and guidance. This professional could be a local personal injury lawyer in Haverhill or a national law firm like Accident Advice Helpline; the choice is yours.
However if you do decide on a personal injury lawyer in Haverhill you may still want to contact us at Accident Advice Helpline first. This is because we’re a specialist personal injury firm. It’s unlikely that your local firm will have the same expertise, so we can advise you whether you actually have a claim in the first place before you pay out expensive legal fees for an appointment with your local personal injury lawyer in Haverhill.
You can call us for free on 0800 689 0500 from a landline and the advice you’ll receive is also free.
If you prefer you can call from a mobile on 0333 500 0993 but charges may apply to mobile calls.