Selfie Slips, Trips and... Deaths


Selfies: we love to hate them, and hate to love them – but would you believe that selfies are more dangerous than sharks? In 2015 there were 12 recorded deaths from selfies, as opposed to 8 deaths from shark attacks.

Excited girl taking a Selfie

In fact, there's even a Wikipedia page listing selfie related injuries and deaths, and the Russian government have released a helpful guide on how not to die whilst taking a selfie. Tips include:

  • Don't take a selfie with a gun,
  • Don't take a selfie whilst driving a moving vehicle, and
  • Don't climb buildings to take a selfie.

Whilst many accidents can be avoided by using a bit of common sense, lots of people are having legitimate accidents and aren't getting help for a number of reasons:

1. You feel that the accident was partly your fault

Putting selfie incidents aside, victims of genuine accidents can feel responsible, when in fact the injuries were caused because someone else was at fault; be it your employer, the local council, or other road users.

For example, you may feel responsible for an accident at work if you've made a mistake and been injured because you didn't fully know how to operate machinery or worn the correct protective equipment – but if your employer hasn't provided the right training or risk assessment then they can be held responsible.

In certain cases, you can be partly responsible for your injuries, but it doesn't mean you can't claim compensation. For example, this can be the case if you're injured in a road traffic accident that wasn't your fault, but you weren't wearing a seatbelt. This will have added to your injuries, but the fact you weren't wearing a seatbelt didn't cause the accident – this is called contributory negligence.

Contributory negligence can be argued by the party at fault, and if admissible, a percentage of the compensation may be taken to reflect your contribution to your injuries.

2. You're too embarrassed to make a claim

If you've had an accident at work – you might be embarrassed, ashamed or even afraid of raising the issue. You may be scared of being singled out and treated differently at work, or even losing your job. If you have a good relationship with your employer or you know them personally, the thought of raising an issue could be out of the question.

It's important to remember that you are legally entitled to compensation for any harm you've suffered because of another person's mistake or negligence - injuries cause unnecessary suffering and can cost you in medical expenses and lost wages.

There are legal protections preventing you from being dismissed if you do make a claim; this would be unfair dismissal. Similarly, if your employer makes your working life difficult and you have no choice but to resign; this could be constructive dismissal. In either situation you could bring a claim at the Employment Tribunal.

Simpson Millar's Personal Injury experts offer confidential, no-obligation advice and can talk you through all your options to put any concerns at ease.

3. You don't want to get anyone in trouble

This can be the case if for example; your doctor has made a mistake or a misdiagnosis that's resulted in you suffering an avoidable trauma or the worsening of a condition. Your GP might be someone that you've been seeing many years, built a good relationship with and is part of your local community – brushing the issue under the carpet can be less daunting than holding them to account for the mistake.

It's important to remember that legal help isn't just about claiming compensation – we can help you access the best rehabilitation and treatments and ease financial losses. If you've suffered because of someone else's mistake, it's still necessary to get the support you need to recover and move forward.

Seeking Professional Advice

Simpson Millar's Personal Injury and Medical Negligence Solicitors are some of the leading specialists in the UK. We support clients with a huge range of issues and are proud to help individuals access the very best help to get back on their feet.

If you have suffered an injury and aren't sure if you can make a claim, or whether you want to make a claim, our specialists can help. We'll provide individual support and make sure you fully understand all your available options.

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