Lift Accident Claim *
Lift accident claims * generally occur because of an injury in a faulty lift that has not been maintained correctly. Common causes of this may be that they are not fitted properly or there may be some electrical problems. Serious accidents can happen if a lift were to fail. To proceed with a personal injury claim * it is important to find out who is liable. It may be the company who fitted the lift in the first place. It is their responsibility to ensure that they fit the lift properly and ensure that all parts are working correctly and safely. Although they may be responsible for lift failures, lift users must ensure that they are using the lift in a responsible and safe manner.
- Trips and Falls
- Doors closing on users
- Broken lifts may fall
- Body parts caught in doors
- Trapped in a broken lift
- Trip hazards from lift stopping at an incorrect place
- Loose Clothing
- Misaligned lift when stopped
- Faulty electrical systems
- Sudden stoppages
Making a Claim
If you have been involved in a lift accident * your first-priority should be to seek medical attention. This should be done as soon as possible so as to ensure that your injuries do not progress into something more serious. After you have done this, there are a number of steps that you should follow if you are considering making a personal injuries claim *.
Report the Accident
Any accidents that occur in a public place should be reported to either the owner or manager of the premises. It is important that you provide them with as much information as possible regarding your injuries and the accident. You need to ensure that you tell them of the cause of the accident also. You will need to get some form of written confirmation from them which confirms that you have reported the accident.
Speak to a Solicitor
It is important that you speak to a personal injuries solicitor * if you are thinking about making a claim. When speaking to your solicitor you will need to provide them with all the necessary information in relation to the accident.
In order to prove that your injuries were sustained as a result of your accident you will need to provide all of your medical records. This is the most important step as they are necessary to proceed with your claim. Your solicitor may request further medical examinations from an independent doctor who is an expert in the field. In cases of psychological injury, your solicitor may request reports from the psychologist that treated you.
Submit your claim to the Personal Injuries Board
When you are making any kind of personal injuries claim you must submit your claim through the Personal Injuries Assessment Board. Your solicitor can do this for you and help you gather all necessary documents. You will need to include all medical records from the time of the accident when submitting your claim. The Injuries Board will notify the people responsible that you have submitted a claim.
Assessment of Claim
Once you have submitted your claim to the assessment board they will start their assessment. This includes examining all aspect of the accident and the injuries sustained. They will look at any medical reports presented to them and make a judgement based on their investigations. In order to have a successful case you must be able to prove liability. You must be able to show that those responsible acted in a negligent manner which led to the injuries you have sustained.
Injuries Board Offer
The Injuries Board will suggest an amount to be awarded to you based on the information in their Book of Quantum. You should consider any offer made to you and decide if you will accept the amount. The party responsible will also have to agree to pay this amount. Your solicitor will be able to help you with this decision and advise you on the right steps. If either party does not accept the offer you may have to move to settlement talks to come to an agreement.
The general timeframe to make a personal injury claim* is two years less one day from the date of knowledge. This can vary depending on the type of injury suffered. Children under the age of 18 are an exception. A child cannot submit a claim until their 18th birthday. Otherwise, a parent/guardian can act on behalf of the child and submit a claim. The Injuries Board will carry out an assessment of the accident. Contacting a solicitor to discuss the accident will help determine how long you have left to submit an application for a claim to the Injuries Board.
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