In this recent case, our client was walking down some outdoor stairs which were not structurally sound. When one of the flagstones which made up the steps moved, our client lost their footing and sustained a painful injury to the foot and ankle.
We successfully recovered £14,100 for our client.
When you suffer from a painful fall, it is important to question who is really at fault. In this case, the defendant had not properly maintained their outdoor stairs, which was therefore a health and safety hazard for anyone who used them. Our client’s injury was of no fault of their own and while it would have been easy to put it down to clumsiness and forget all about it, landowners have a responsibility to ensure their property is as safe for everyone as possible.
Personal injury does not only affect the injured party. Someone who has suffered an injury may not be able to work, making paying bills and rent difficult, and possibly putting strain on the family. As well as financial difficulties, injury can be an emotional struggle for the victim and their family, especially when it comes to more severe injuries, such as damage to the spine or head.
Accidents happen, but in case like this one, it didn’t have to. Occupier’s liability covers a wide range of avoidable injury, and hazards on land or property belonging to homeowners, tenants, shopkeepers, hotel owners and farmers all fall under this category. If somebody is inviting you into their building or onto their land, it is their responsibility to remove or clearly signpost any possible risks.
Whether your injury is big or small, if you think that you have grounds to make an occupier’s liability claim following an accident that could have been avoided, get in touch with Wrigley Claydon today. Call us on 0161 785 3534 or use our contact form and we can review the details of your case.
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