Other Injuries Questions

 

Can I claim compensation if I’m injured playing sport?

Every week in the UK many people get an enormous amount of pleasure from playing various sports, whilst simultaneously taking exercise which is extremely good for their health. Occasionally, however, things can go wrong, resulting in the participants sustaining an injury, sometimes an injury which is going to stop them going to work and earning a living. In most cases this is merely an unfortunate incident which took place in the normal run of sporting activity, but sometimes people are injured due to the negligence or dangerous actions of another party.
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If faulty wiring causes a fire in my home, can I claim compensation?

There are few events in life which cause as much distress and trauma as a fire in your home. The damage to your property, the loss of precious possessions and the risk to the health and wellbeing of your family all combine to make it something which can be incredibly difficult to get over. In the immediate aftermath of a fire the chances are that the last thing you’ll be thinking about will be claiming compensation from somebody. If your family have emerged unscathed then you may be busy simply counting your blessings, making insurance claims and running through the depressing list of things which have been lost or damaged. If someone’s been hurt, on the other hand, then your entire focus will rest upon helping them to recover.
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I’m not completely certain who was responsible for my injury – can I still make a claim?

When you’re making a claim for compensation then there are two basic elements which simply have to be in place. The first of these is that you’ve suffered some kind of injury. The term ‘injury’ can cover physical or psychological damage. Physical damage is usually easier to spot, taking the form of cuts, bruises, broken limbs etc., whilst psychological damage may take longer to manifest itself and will probably require diagnosis from an expert. Psychological reaction to an accident or injury may include depression, anxiety, panic attacks and disturbing flashbacks to the event.
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If I’m injured by something I bought from a shop, who do I make the claim against?

When you purchase something from a shop there are certain things which you ought to be able to take for granted – so much so that many of these have been enshrined in law in the form of the Sale of Goods Act. This piece of legislation covers factors such as whether the item is as it was described and whether it is of a good enough standard to perform the task for which it is designed. Over and above this, however, are certain things which we really ought to be able to take for granted but which, sadly, we sometimes can’t. It should be obvious that an item ought to be made in such a way that it won’t cause harm to the person using it, but occasionally things will slip through the net.
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If I slip on an icy path, can I make a claim?

The law on icy paths is quite a complicated one. Because ice and snow are acts of nature, and to most right-minded people represent a slipping hazard, usually you are not able to make a claim for personal injury if you slip on an ice-covered path. However, there are variations in the law and under certain circumstances you may be able to make a claim.
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If a device is faulty and I am injured, can I make a claim?

When you buy a new device or appliance, you expect it to be working correctly. If it is not then you can of course take it back to get a full refund. However, if a faulty product causes you an injury whilst you are using it, you may be entitled to personal injury compensation. It doesn’t matter whether it is an electrical appliance or a piece of furniture; if it is sold in a faulty condition and it causes you harm then you have a right to seek damages.
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Are councils responsible for icy paths?

During the winter, when snow and ice cover the ground, the number of accidents and injuries caused by slipping and falling skyrockets. While pavements are the responsibility of the council, slipping on an icy path doesn’t mean that you can claim compensation for personal injury, as councils are not normally deemed liable, except in a few specific circumstances.
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Can I make a claim if I am injured by freak weather?

Thanks to a changing climate, the weather in Britain is becoming increasingly unpredictable. Floods, high winds and heavy snowfall are becoming more common. Freak weather like this can result in people suffering injuries. High winds, for instance, can cause cars to career out of control, or cyclists to fall off their saddles, while people walking down the street can be hit by windblown debris.
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Can I claim if I am electrocuted at home?

A staggering 2.5 million people are electrocuted each year in the UK. Thankfully, only a small number of these accidents are fatal, but 350,000 people are left seriously injured following an electric shock. The majority of injuries caused by electrocution are burns, but electric shocks can also result in nerve damage. In addition, people can suffer injuries from a fall because of an electrocution.
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