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Broken handrail injury claims arise when a person is injured where a handrail is missing or broken and exposes the person to an accident and injury.Tell Us About Your Case
Common cases of handrail accidents are; handrail on a stairs that is designed to provide a grip is either broken or missing and a fall accident occurs, or cases where a guardrail, that is in place to provide a barrier between a person and an unsafe area, is broken or missing leading to an accident and injury.
Handrails are put in place as a safety feature to reduce the risk of accidents and injury. Broken handrails are a common cause of accidents with the main type being slips, trips and falls. These accidents can happen anyway and may lead to injuries. In many cases what could have been a minor accident is made worse as a result of a broken, defective or faulty handrail.
Lack of maintenance is a common issue that can lead to accidents. The persons responsible for the maintenance of handrails in public use may be held liable in cases where negligence in relation to maintenance have led to an accident. Without ongoing maintenance, railings may become loose over time and detach from their fitting.
It may be difficult to determine who is responsible for the broken handrail. This can vary depending on the setting and environment they are in. In general, it is the property owners who are at fault if an accident occurs on their premises. If they are aware of the hazard but have not displayed a warning sign then it is very clear that they were responsible for the injuries sustained.
Common injuries resulting from a broken handrail accident include:
Whether it’s a missing or broken handrail there may be a number of different elements at play that led to your accident. These accidents can happen in all locations whether it be at work or in a public place. Some of the most common causes of claims for/injuries sustained from broken or missing handrails are:
Following an accident in a public place, there are a number of steps you should follow:
Your health is your wealth and should be your first priority. Immediately after a public place accident, take a second to assess yourself to determine if you have any injuries and seek the relevant medical attention. If you have sustained a serious injury ensure that you contact an ambulance to attend the scene.
For minor injuries, you must remember that minor injuries where you ‘feel fine’ could progress to a more serious injury in the future. In this case it is always better to be safe than sorry and advisable that you go to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) or local GP to be checked out.
If you have an accident in a public place it is important to report it to the persons who are in charge of the upkeep of property.
Examples of such are:
If possible, try to collect the contact details of anybody that witnessed the accident. This may be of good use if you do decide to pursue a public place accident claim. It is also useful to find out if there is any CCTV in the area where the accident happened.
It is important that you collect all the relevant information in connection with your accident:
If you are considering moving forward with a public place accident claim for any personal injuries sustained it is advisable that you speak with a public place accident claims solicitor as soon as possible. If you are proceeding with a claim, the first step will be submitting your claim to the Injuries Board for assessment. A public place accident solicitor can help you in preparing your application to the Injuries Board and ensure that you follow the process in the correct format, meaning that you can move forward with your claim quickly without unnecessary delays.
It is important to remember to keep copies of any expenses that you have incurred as a result of the accident. It is also imperative to retain copies of medical reports or incident report forms where possible as you will need them when making a claim.
Once you have gathered all the relevant information in relation to your injury it is then time to move forward with your claim. It is important to use a specialist public place accident solicitor to help you with this.
When you decide you want to move forward with your public place accident claim it is important to have all the relevant information to hand when contacting a solicitor. Important information to have on hand at this point is:
As a solicitor is aware of the public place accident claim process they can avoid any legal bumps in the road you might encounter if you did this yourself. It is their job to be your trusted advisor on all legal matters throughout your case.
One of the most important documents in your case is a medical report. Your solicitor will ask for your doctor’s or Hospital details so they can obtain a report on your injuries. This report will then be used to allow us to progress your case.
As soon as your solicitor has gathered all the information, your public place accident claim will be submitted to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board for assessment. Your solicitor will do this for you. Once the Injuries Board assess your claim, they will revert with a suggested settlement amount to your solicitor. At this stage, you have a choice to accept the Injuries Board assessment or reject it and move to the next steps.
At this point one of two scenarios will unfold:
a. If both you and the party at fault accept the Injuries Board assessment, your case is settled and the party at fault will be ordered to pay settlement to you.
b. If either you or the party at fault reject the Injuries Board assessment, then you move to the next stage and your solicitor will issue legal proceedings.
Before you start to concern yourself with court and everything that comes with it, it’s important to understand that only a very small percentage of cases actually make it to a courtroom.
Settlement meetings will be arranged where a settlement can be negotiated. Most cases are settled at this point without ever having to step foot into a courtroom and remember it’s your solicitor’s job to be with you every step of the way, right beside you to ensure that your best interests are met at all stages. Your solicitor is to be your trusted advisor throughout the process and to let you focus of your recovery, as they focus on settling your case.
At Tracey Solicitors, we make law accessible to all — regardless of your knowledge or experience with the claims process. For more information and a confidential discussion on your public place accident, phone 01 649 9900 where you can speak with a member of our team straight away, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us about your case.
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If you are to proceed with a public place accident claim you may be entitled to claim compensation for the accident and added expenses you may have incurred. These claims are called damages.
General damages are non-financial damages such as pain and suffering and/or physical and emotional injuries following a public place accident.
Special damages are out of pocket expenses incurred as a result of the public place accident, for example, loss of earnings (if you are out of work), medical bills, and added travel costs as a result of the accident (for example, travel to and from the hospital). Learn more about Special Damages
The statute of limitations are the legal time limits on how long you have to make a claim — these vary depending on the situation. The general rule for most personal injury cases is that the person has two years from the date of the accident or date of knowledge of the accident to make a claim for compensation. Contacting a solicitor to discuss your case will help you in determining how long you have left to make a claim.Learn more about Time Limits
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