Can I claim for accidents caused by broken glass?
Broken glass on holiday can cause terrible accidents. Try and stay aware of your surroundings as there is no place broken glass can’t hide.
Where can you suffer broken glass injuries?
You can suffer broken glass injuries almost anywhere although it is most common to get injuries from road traffic accidents or slips and trips in nightclubs, bars, or supermarkets where glass can be dropped. You can also experience broken glass injuries in the workplace or in public from patio doors, bathroom shower doors, window panes, or panels.
If you are unfortunate enough to encounter broken glass and become injured by it through no fault of your own, you could eligible to file a holiday accident compensation claim. Get in touch with Holiday Claims Bureau on 0161 813 2131 or online to discuss the merits of your case and begin your journey to receiving compensation for your pain.
In one reported case, a boy who suffered lasting nerve damage due to a glass cut from a park in Watford was able to claim £200,000 in damages after the council had not properly assessed the risk of broken glass in the area.
What to be aware of when you have had an accident caused by broken glass
Before you are able to make a potential claim for an injury caused by broken glass, you need to consider the following questions:
- Did the person responsible for the accident owe you a legal duty of care?
- Did they fail to act in a way that could have prevented the incident?
- As a result of their negligence, did you suffer injuries from broken glass?
For instance, restaurants, pubs, and bars should not leave dropped or broken glass on the floor or on tables and should frequently check that the surfaces are safe. If they fail to do this and someone trips and cuts themselves on the glass, they could be found negligent if they failed to make the areas safe.
When making a claim for a broken glass accident, you will need to prove that you suffered injury as a result of a failure that wasn’t your fault. This means that you will need to gather evidence to show that you suffered the injury and that you were not liable for it. You could use CCTV footage, photographs, or witness statements. You should also seek treatment from a medical professional and report the accident to the place you had the injury.
It is highly unlikely that the person responsible will admit liability, which is why it is important to take the right steps to report the incident and gain as much evidence as you can.
How is compensation calculated in broken glass claims?
Compensation for broken glass claims is calculated based on the injuries suffered and how serious they are. As such, each case is different. The more severe or permanent the injury such as facial disfigurement or scarring, the more compensation that is likely to be paid out. This is referred to as general damages.
You will also likely be entitled to special damages depending on the situation. These can include any financial loss that you have suffered as a result of the broken glass injury such as medical bills, travel expenses, or loss of earnings by being unable to work.
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