Unhelpful Contractor Leads to £3,750 Compensation
Slips, trips and falls are commonplace in the home and according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), more accidents happen in the home than anywhere else.
In one of our latest cases, a woman was injured whilst having work done to her house
. It's not uncommon for this to be the cause of an accident, when you invite workmen into your home. They have a responsibility to you to ensure they are not creating an unnecessary hazard in your home, or if there is one, to warn you about it.
Lack of Warning Leads to Fall
An 83-year-old woman was having new flooring laid in her home that required adhesive to lay it down. While the work was being completed, the doorbell rang and she got up to answer it. The contractor had lay adhesive near the front door, and not warned her. When she stepped on the glue, she slipped and fell. She hit her head on the floor and injured her neck in the process.
55% of all accident related injuries in the home are as a result of falls, and according to RoSPA, more women than men over 65 die as a result of an accident in the home. This accident left the lady involved with problems with her confidence, something that is common when older people experience such an event.
Contractor Accepts Full Responsibility
Gary Tierney, partner at Simpson Millar LLP, stressed the importance of this case: "If you hire a contractor to carry out work in your home, they have a duty to afford you the appropriate level of safety whilst they are working. Failure to do so can result in injury."
The company responsible for the contractor did not want to admit they were responsible for the woman's injuries, despite leaving her open to harm by not warning her about the adhesive. It was not until further pressure and the site of our medical experts report, that they accepted full responsibility.
The importance of communicating with your solicitor, and having a medical report done to properly diagnose any injuries you have cannot be overlooked. In this case, it was the turning point that led to a compensation settlement of £3,750.