Can I Claim if My Child Was Injured in an Accident at Home?
If your child was injured in an accident at home and you believe it was someone else’s fault, you could claim compensation.
More and more of us are now working from home and looking after children who still aren’t back at school. So your home is perhaps now a place where accidents are most likely to occur.
For example, you or your children may be injured by:
- Faulty products or equipment
- Poor workmanship by a tradesperson
- Disrepair that your landlord should have dealt with
Our specialist Personal Injury Solicitors could help you claim compensation against whoever was responsible for the accident, so you and your child get the care, support and rehabilitation needed.
For a free consultation and legal advice contact our Personal Injury Solicitors. Ask if we can deal with your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis.
Garden Equipment a Common Risk to Children
Due to Coronavirus, many children are enjoying more time at home, and with leisure centres being closed, lots of parents will have bought trampolines and other garden play equipment for children.
But with this there is a bigger risk of injury, as children spend more time playing on items such as trampolines, slides and swings.
In the first few weeks of lockdown, the NHS saw a huge fall in the number of people going to A&E. But despite this drop, an orthopaedic surgeon at Hull University Teaching Hospital NHS Trust said that one morning, half of all the fractures they treated were because of children playing on trampolines.
Trampoline jumping poses a particularly high risk of injury to children, possibly causing head and neck injuries and arm and leg fractures. So it’s vital you make sure they’re well maintained and safe to be used by children, and that if you spot any damage, it’s repaired or replaced.
New equipment or recently erected equipment should also be checked regularly so you know none of the fixtures have become loose.
When you contact our Personal Injury Solicitors for a free consultation, we’ll ask for details on what steps you took to ensure your child’s safety, as it needs to be proven that the product itself posed a risk.
What Evidence Can Help My Claim?
- Keep the faulty item. If we take on your case, we may need to arrange for it to be examined by an expert so it can be proven that it was defective
- Keep any documentation, such as receipts, guarantees and instruction manuals
- Take photos of the item after the accident
- If possible, find any photographs or videos of the item in use before the accident
Is There a Time Limit to Claim?
A parent or guardian can make a claim for a child if they’re aged under 18. After the child turns 18, it’s their responsibility to claim within 3 years.
How to Keep Children Safe at Home
- Make sure stairs are maintained - damaged or worn carpet should be repaired or removed
- Check bannisters, handrails and spindles are strong and don’t have any footholds for climbing
- Stairs should always be well lit
- Keep floors free of toys and other obstructions that can be tripped over
- Don’t let children aged under 6 to play on a trampoline, as they aren’t physically developed enough to control their bouncing
When using a trampoline at home, make sure it’s tied down before use and install safety nets, pads and place it at ground level.
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