Victims of accidents have, for a number of years now, been able to make a personal injury claim for compensation, providing they are not to blame in any way for the accident. ‘No Win No Fee’ solicitors have allowed such victims a free and easy way to make injury claims, and act as their official representative in a legal environment.
Most people are aware that it’s possible to make a claim for compensation if they are injured in an accident on the road or at their place of work. However, there are many more types of accident that can be claimed for that they may not be aware of.
Here are five of the more “unusual” accidents that an injury compensation claim can be made for:
1) Maritime Accidents
Although travelling by boat is statistically very safe, accidents can and do often happen when at sea. Whether on a long-haul cruise or a short trip across The Channel, passengers have the right to a safe trip without risk of injury.
Some of the most common accidents occur when passengers slip on wet surfaces on the outside decks; leading to bad knocks, sprains and sometimes even bone breaks. Spillages of hot drinks are also another issue; if burns or scalds are caused to a passenger when the boat hits a patch of rough water for example, this is cause for a claim to be made against the boat operator.
2) Sports Injuries
Small injuries often occur to those who play sports on a regular basis. This is especially so in sports where contact is common, such as rugby, football or hockey.
However, the odd niggle is not quite the same as an injury caused by the deliberate, malicious act of another player, or by faulty sports equipment or pitch surface. If organised through a sports club, an injury compensation claim may be assessed on whether there was appropriate supervision provided, or whether players were made aware of any risks before the match took place.
3) Holiday Accidents/Illness
Holidays are meant to provide an enjoyable, relaxing time for everyone involved. Unfortunately this isn’t always the case and accidents or illness can often destroy the week or two in the sun.
Health and safety in countries abroad isn’t always as strict as the standards found here in the UK. This can lead to accidents occurring more frequently, such as slips on wet surfaces near pools, injuries being suffered during water sport activities, on the roads or on other boats or watercraft. It can also lead to cases of food poisoning-particularly in large hotels or complexes where the hygiene standards may not have the same rules we are accustomed to.
4) Defective Products
Products that are on sale to the mass market need to go through rigorous safety checks prior to their launch. Although the vast majority meet these standards, there are occasions where injury can be caused due to a defect in the manufacturing that has gone unnoticed.
Obviously, electrical items can pose particular dangers to consumers if there are any defects with them, as can medicines and hair products. Items that are aimed at children also need to be safe, especially if they contain any small, removable pieces that can be swallowed.
5) Injuries caused by animals
Although animals can make loving companions, some can also be dangerous in the wrong environment. Others can be unpredictable – however it isn’t the animal that would face a claim if it were to cause an injury!
Dog owners for example have a duty to ensure that their animal does not attack members of the public, and would be deemed responsible if this were to happen. Similarly, zoo keepers need to ensure that visitors are warned of any dangers the animals they keep can pose, especially as it’s likely that young children will be around them constantly.
Making an Injury Compensation Claim
If you have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, no matter how farfetched, it is recommended to seek professional legal advice. Injury Lawyers 4U have years of experience in seeking compensation for innocent victims of accidents for a whole array of unusual accident types. Contact them today by visiting their