Public Accidents in Parks

Parks have become vital to the British public during the COVID-19 pandemic. They spent a long time as many people’s only outside space, and with Love Parks Week approaching, they seem set to remain an important part of Summer 2021. However, there are always risks of public accidents in parks, and you may be unaware that if you have an accident in a park, you may be able to claim compensation.

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Public Accidents in Parks

The most common type of public accidents in parks are slips, trips and falls. These accidents can happen on public footpaths in parks. They are usually caused by potholes or defects in the ground. There are certain rules when claiming for tripping on a pothole or defect in paving. On a footpath in a park, a pothole or defect must be at least an inch deep or raised.

Another cause of accidents in public parks is accidents in playgrounds. There are many causes of playground accidents. Sometimes, it is the child’s fault, or it is a by-product of playing. These are accidents that cannot be claimed for. However, if the accident was caused by faulty or unsafe playground equipment, then there may be grounds for a claim.

The main cause of accidents due to unsafe playground equipment is poorly maintained equipment. Other causes include broken equipment, poor equipment design, failure to comply to safety standards, poor layout of equipment, incorrect installation, and poor installation.

The Responsibility of Local Authorities

The Highways Act 1980 states that local authorities are responsible for keeping all roads and footpaths safe to use. Keeping all roads and pavements smooth at all times is both unnecessary and impractical. However, a council has a legal duty to repair any damage that occurs to surfaces. They must do this by making repairs within six months of being notified of the risk. If a local council does not do this and someone has an accident, then they may be liable.

If You Have Had an Accident

When you have an accident due to a defect in the footpath in a park, it is important that you take photos of the defect. This will help with your case, as it can be proof of the defect in a claim.

If you have an accident and you have information about the defect, then it can be helpful to note this down too. Details include how long the defect has been there, how often the local council repair defects, and if other people have had accidents in the same place. If the accident was previously reported, how long it took the council to fix the defect, and if they did fix it.

It is important that you report the defect to the council so that they are aware of it. They also need to be aware so that they can fix any defects.

How We Can Help with Public Accidents in Parks

Here at The Compensation Experts we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with personal injury claims. This includes public accidents in parks. Contact us today by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.

Accidents that Cause Deafblindness

Deafblindness is far more common than many people realise; around 400,000 people are affected by sight and hearing loss in the UK. Deafblindness is the loss of sight and hearing to the point where your communication, mobility, and ability to access information are impacted. This includes ‘progressive’ sight and hearing loss, where your sight and hearing may deteriorate over a period. Deafblindness is often also referred to as ‘dual sensory loss’ or ‘dual sensory impairment’. Accidents that cause deafblindness are likely to cause serious injuries.

Accidents that Cause Deafblindness

One of the most common types of injury that can cause deafblindness is head or brain injury. There are many causes of head injury. These include accidents at work, road traffic accidents as a driver, cyclist, motorcyclist, or pedestrian, and falling from height.

After an accident that causes deafblindness, you will almost certainly have to make drastic changes to your life. You may need modifications to your home, or may even have to move into assisted living, you may also have to give up both work and driving, and you may need assistance from a carer to complete day-to-day activities.

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Serious Injury Claims

Serious injuries can have a catastrophic effect on a person’s quality of life. Examples include brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, severe burns and blindness.

Anyone who sustains a serious injury will be facing a less-independent future in which they will require expert care and support. On a practical level, they may have to change jobs or give up work altogether which can place a strain on their finances. You may need specialist equipment such as wheelchairs, prosthetics or visual aids and you may need to make modifications to your home. Some injured persons will require 24-hour ongoing support.

No amount of compensation can reverse the impact of a serious injury but it can cover the cost of rehabilitation. Our panel of serious injury claims solicitors are on hand to ensure that you get all the care and support you need.

Claiming Compensation for Accidents that Cause Deafblindness

No two injuries are the same, therefore there is no one answer to how much compensation you could claim for an accident that causes deafblindness. However, there are guidelines that indicate how much you could potentially claim. These are the Judicial College Guidelines, and they estimate how much someone may be able to claim for injuries. The Judicial College Guidelines state that, for an accident that causes deafblindness, you could claim in the region of £322,060.

Claiming on behalf of someone else

If a loved one suffers an accident that causes deafblindness, they may be unable to make a claim for themselves. If a loved one is dependent on you, then you may be able to claim compensation on their behalf. The person who makes the claim on behalf of the injured person must be their next-of-kin.

How We Can Help

Here at The Compensation Experts we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with personal injury claims. This includes accidents that cause deafblindness. So contact us today by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.

Mining Company Guilty of Breaching Safety Rules after Crush Accident

A mining company has been found guilty of breaching health and safety laws after an employee was badly injured in a crush accident, according to reports. The accident happened after cheap wooden roof supports gave way.

The director of the company, Three D’s Mining Ltd previously dismissed the miners’ concerns over the use of untested pallet boards to support the roof. The jury at Swansea Crown Court found the company guilty of failing to ensure the safety and welfare of employees and failing to carry out adequate risk assessments of the structure.

The roof should have been supported by horizontal bars no less than 2.4in (63.5mm) thick, but that in the summer of 2017 the company had started using pre-cut pallet boards which were as thin as 0.78in (20mm) in some places.

 A worker was injured after the structure collapsed. He was trapped by a lump of rock that fell and has been unable to work since. He also has health issues after suffering three fractures to his back.

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Falling Objects Crush Accident

Crush injuries can occur in any situation. However, they are most common in workplaces.

Crush injuries can occur when a heavy load collapses trapping someone beneath. For example, materials falling from a warehouse shelf or collapsed structures on a building site. The object does not have to fall very far to cause serious injury.

Employers are responsible for keeping the work environment as safe as possible. They must also supply Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to protect workers from this type of injury. An employer may be liable for injuries you sustain if they fail to supply hard hats, steel toe-capped boots, and so on. They may also be liable if they fail to carry out risk assessments of the working environment, which is what happened in the case involving the miner.

Your Employers Responsibility

It is your employer’s responsibility to ensure you are safe at work. This means that they must follow correct health and safety guidelines to minimise the risk of accidents and to keep all their employees safe. They must carry out adequate and frequent risk assessments on the machinery and equipment. They must also make sure that staff training is always up to date.

If your employer does not follow the correct health and safety guidelines, such as the Manual Handling Regulations and the Health and Safety at work regulations, and you have an accident whilst at work, then you may be able to make a claim. All employers must have Employer’s Liability insurance. This covers the business in case accidents at work happen. If you have had an accident and make a claim, then it is the insurance that pays the compensation.

How We Can Help

Here at The Compensation Experts we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with personal injury claims. This includes accidents at work. Contact us today by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.

Accidents in UK Hotels

With overnight stays now allowed in much of the UK, and many people being advised to not travel abroad, there is set to be a boom in UK travel, and staying in UK accommodation. But with this, the number of accidents in UK hotels may rise.

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Occupier’s Liability Accidents in UK Hotels

Any private premises in the UK has an owner; someone who is responsible for keeping people who visit the premises safe. Private premises can be anything from shops to car parks. They also include UK hotels and other accommodation. Occupier’s liability is the area of law that deals with this duty of care and occupier’s liability accidents. It concerns anyone who owns a property that the public can visit.

Some common occupier’s liability accidents in UK hotels include:

  • Slipping on wet surfaces with no wet floor sign
  • Tripping over uneven floors or obstacles left in walkways
  • Accidents in car parks due to bad lighting
  • Malfunctioning lifts and automatic doors

These causes of accidents are easy to avoid. The owner of the premises should ensure that they put measures in place to avoid accidents like this from happening. They must ensure they follow rules set out in the Occupiers Liability Act 1957 to minimise the risk of accidents happening. If they fail to do this then they may be liable if someone has an accident on their premises.

Children’s Accidents in UK Hotels

Some of the most common occupier’s liability accidents involve children. This is no different for accidents in UK hotels. If children are visiting a UK hotel, then the owner must take extra care to minimise the risk of them having accidents. This is because children tend to be less careful than adults, which leads to more accidents.

If your child has an accident in a private place, then you may be able to make a claim on their behalf. If the child is under 18 then a parent or guardian may make the claim for them. They are known as a litigation friend. Any compensation will be held in a trust until the child turns 18.

The time limits for making a claim on behalf of a child slightly differ from those of an adult. Usually, the time limit for making a personal injury claim is three years from the date of the accident. However, where the accident involves a child, a parent or guardian may make a claim on their behalf until they turn 18. Once the child turns 18, they then have until their 21st birthday to make a claim for themselves.

How We Can Help

Here at The Compensation Experts we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with all manner of personal injury claims. This includes accidents in UK hotels, and other occupier’s liability claims. If you have had an accident of this kind, contact us today by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.

Coronavirus crisis and lack of training blamed for rise in needlestick injuries

According to recent reports, there has been a rise in needlestick injuries amongst nurses giving out COVID-19 vaccines. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said a survey of more than 7,500 of its members showed that 15% had suffered a so-called “sharps” injury in 2020 compared with 10% in 2008.

The reasons for the rise in needlestick injuries include: the pandemic causing fatigue, low staffing levels, lack of training and safer sharps and sharps bins not being available.

Jude Diggins, RCN Interim Director of Nursing, Policy and Public Affairs said: “These findings suggest the pandemic has highlighted a problem that has not been fully tackled yet. Most sharps injuries can be prevented and there are legal requirements on employers to take steps to prevent healthcare staff being exposed to infectious agents from sharps injuries.”

Rose Gallagher, RCN Professional Lead for Infection Prevention and Control, added: “In 2013 new regulations were brought in to reduce sharps injuries but these findings suggest there is still some way to go to protect all parts of the nursing workforce. We now need to see greater efforts for better reporting and training to not only prevent injuries but to ensure there are stronger procedures to follow up and protect nursing staff after injuries.”

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Needlestick Injuries

A needlestick injury happens when a contaminated needle goes through the skin. Needlestick injuries are also often known as ‘sharps injuries. Needlestick injuries can be very serious if, for example, a needle has taken infected blood and it accidentally pierces someone’s skin, the infection could be transmitted to that person.

What is the most common cause of needlestick injury?

There are lots of different causes of needlestick injuries across different sectors. Needlestick accidents at work can happen in any job that involves handling needles, but some of the most common causes of needlestick injuries include:

  • Incorrectly disposing of used needles
  • Lack of training on correct use of needles
  • Not having the right equipment to dispose of needles
  • Lack of protective clothing or equipment
  • Defective equipment
  • Fatigue after doing long hours

Hospital workers are particularly vulnerable to this kind of accident. The NHS has a needlestick injury protocol, with which you should familiarise yourself. The Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations 2013 also apply to the healthcare sector.

What to do if you get a needlestick injury?

If you suffer a needlestick injury, the NHS guidelines encourage you to wash the wound with soap and running water. This encourages the wound to bleed. You should seek medical advice to find out if you need treatment to reduce the risk of infection.

As soon as you’ve received appropriate medical care, record the injury in your workplace accident log. As with any workplace injury, reporting needlestick injuries is important. Reporting a needlestick injury means that your employer is aware of the issue. It also means you have a record of the accident.

How We Can Help with the Rise in Needlestick Injuries

Here at The Compensation Experts we work with solicitors who have years of experience in dealing with personal injury claims. This includes needlestick injury claims. Contact us by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.

Men killed in Liverpool fall from height at work

According to recent reports, two men were involved in a fall from height at work at a Liverpool site. The accident proved instantly fatal for one of the workers. The second worker was taken to hospital and, after days in a critical condition, has now also died.

The workers, who were father and son, were working on site when a mast climber collapsed, causing them both to fall. Contractor Laing O’Rourke had been carrying out waterproofing works at the Unity Building on Chapel Street, a mixed-use residential and commercial development of 27 and 16 storeys respectively.

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Suffering a Fall from height

There are many industries where you may need to work above ground level, which comes with the risk of a fall from height. The further you are from the ground, the more dangerous your working conditions are, so your employer has a duty to make sure you are less at risk of falling from height. If you work in one of these industries, then it is the responsibility of your employer to make sure that you are kept safe, and they must follow the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

  • Construction
  • Window cleaning
  • Architecture
  • Roofing
  • Engineering
  • Warehouses
  • Retail

All these industries involve some form of working at elevation. This means they require correct and thorough training to ensure employees are kept safe from falls from height at work. However, they are, of course, not the only industries that see falls from height. Accident claims are also made from employees falling down stairways.

It is your employer’s responsibility to keep you safe from falling from a height at work. This means that they must make sure you have the correct training and equipment to be able to do your job correctly. Risk assessments must also be carried out, to ensure the job is done safely. This is especially important when working from height.

If your employer has not followed the guidelines to keep you safe at work you may be able to claim. We understand that you may feel uneasy about claiming against your employer, however all employers must have employer’s liability insurance. This covers the costs of accidents at work, including falling from height. It is the insurance company who would pay the fall compensation, so your employer would not be directly out of pocket.

Claiming on Behalf of Someone Else

Unfortunately, due to the nature of these accidents, you may be in a situation where a loved one has sadly lost their life due to falling from height. Or they might be unable to make a claim for themselves. If a loved one is dependent on you, or if they suffered a fatal accident, then you may be able to claim compensation on their behalf.

We understand that it is a difficult situation when an accident has caused the death of a loved one, and we also understand that it may not be very easy to talk about. However, the solicitors we work with are here to help; they can help address the financial burden you may have been left with due to your loved one’s accident. They can also help you recover from it.

How We Can Help

Here at The Compensation Experts we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with personal injury claims. This includes falling from height at work. Contact us by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.

Brain Injury Awareness Week

This week (17th-23rd May) is action on brain injury week, hosted by the charity Headway. There is a different theme every year, and the theme of this year’s campaign is A Life of Lockdown. It sets out to highlight the effects of lockdown and isolation during the recovery period of suffering an injury.

Brain injuries are often serious injuries and so can mean your life can change drastically. You may require modifications to your home or vehicle or may have to give up work. In some cases, people who suffer them may require support from a carer.

Causes of Brain Injury

There are a number of causes of brain injury with varying levels of severity. Some of these include:

If you or a loved one have suffered a brain injury and it was someone else’s fault, then you may be able to claim compensation.

Effects of Brain Injury

A brain injury can have a wide range of effects. While many people recover quickly after a minor head injury, this is not always the case and people may experience longer-term effects. 

The more severe the injury, the longer-term and more pronounced the effects are likely to be. Some people may spend time in a coma, or experience a more prolonged reduced awareness state. During the early stages of recovery, brain injury survivors often go through a stage where they have no continuous memory of day-to-day events. Their behaviour may also be very uncharacteristic and confused. 

A brain injury can cause behavioural and emotional changes, hormonal imbalances, difficulties with cognition and memory, a range of communication problems, physical effects and, very commonly, fatigue. 

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Claiming on Behalf of Someone Else

Many brain injuries mean that the person who suffered them may not be able to make a claim for themselves. This may be due to the injury meaning they do not have the mental capability to make a claim. In cases where this happens, the person’s next of kin, or a person who is legally allowed to, such as someone who has power of attorney, will be able to make a claim on their behalf.

In circumstances where a loved one dies from their brain injury, the next of kin can also make a claim on their behalf if it was someone else’s fault.

We know that, when a loved one suffers a serious injury such as a brain injury, the last thing you may be thinking about is making a claim. However, the solicitors we work with can help with the stress of the financial impact that an injury like this can have.

How We Can Help

Here at The Compensation Experts we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with all manner of personal injury claims. This includes accidents that cause brain injury. So contact us by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.

Accidents that Cause Deafness

There are many types of accidents that cause deafness. Some of the most common include industrial deafness, noise-induced hearing loss and head injuries. Industrial deafness and noise-induced hearing loss build up over time, whereas head injuries are usually more instant.

The severity of deafness and whether the deafness is permanent is a big factor in accidents that cause deafness, as both of these have different implications. If you have had an accident that has caused deafness, then you may be able to make a claim for compensation.

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Industrial Deafness

Industrial deafness occurs when a person works in a noisy environment for a prolonged period with inadequate or no hearing protection. There are several industries where industrial deafness or noise-induced hearing loss are common. There include construction, manufacturing, and military.

Health and safety laws clearly state that if a worker is exposed to noise levels of 80 decibels either daily or weekly, then they should receive training about the dangers of noise levels and given access to hearing protection. Even with hearing protection, no employee should work where the average noise level is over 87 decibels. Employers have a duty to monitor the sound levels accurately to ensure the working environment is safe. There are laws in place to make sure that at-risk workers are protected in workplaces with high noise levels. Employers should take steps to meet the terms in The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005

The Compensation Experts can also help with acoustic shock claims. Unlike industrial deafness, which usually occurs after prolonged exposure to loud noise, acoustic shock comes from a sudden noise. For example, a call centre worker may be affected due to a broken headset, or a sound engineer may be harmed by a technical fault. Acoustic shock does not cause hearing loss, but it does cause sensitivity to loud noise and recurring tinnitus.

Head Injuries

Another accident type that can cause deafness are accidents that cause head injuries. These injuries can come from numerous types of accident, including road traffic accidents, falls from height, assault, and accidents at work.

Suffering a head or brain injury can be a life-changing and traumatic event. Both for the person suffering the injury and their friends and family too. Often this kind of injury can leave people needing constant care and special equipment to help them get by. 

Claiming Compensation for Accidents that Cause Deafness

There are many reasons to claim compensation for accidents that cause deafness. You may have to make changes to your day-to-day life, you may have to pay for hearing aids, or you may even have to have surgery. Compensation can help with the financial aspect of accidents that cause deafness. This means you have one less thing to worry about.

We know that when you have an accident the last thing you may think about is making a claim. However, if you have had an accident that someone else was to blame for, then the solicitors we work with can help you claim the compensation you may be entitled to.

How We Can Help with Accidents that Cause Deafness

Here at The Compensation Experts we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with all manner of personal injury and industrial disease claims. This includes accidents that cause deafness, and industrial deafness. Contact us today by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.

Common Children’s Accidents

Children are the most prone to accidents overall, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). They also state that there are approximately 40,000 injuries to children on playgrounds each year which result in a hospital visit. Due to this, there are some children’s accidents that are more common than others.

Common Children’s Accidents

Common children’s accidents can include:

  • Cycling accidents
  • Playground accidents
  • Home accidents
  • Injuries from a faulty or dangerous toy or product

Cycling Accidents

A bike accident can happen for all sorts of reasons. However, in our experience, the most common children’s cycling accident claims include hit and run, any slippery road or pavement conditions due to oil spills, ice and snow, and injuries relating to faulty bicycle parts or repairs.

Many cyclists do not realise that, if a bike accident that was someone else’s fault, they can claim compensation.

Playground Accidents

There are many causes of playground accidents. Sometimes, it is the child’s fault, or it is a by-product of playing. These are accidents that cannot be claimed for. However, if the accident was caused by faulty or unsafe playground equipment, then there may be grounds for a claim.

The main cause of accidents due to unsafe playground equipment is poorly maintained equipment. Other causes include broken equipment, poor equipment design, failure to comply to safety standards, poor layout of equipment, incorrect installation, and poor installation.

Home Accidents

Children are amongst the most likely to have accidents in the home. You may think that if your child has an accident in your home that you may not be able to make a claim. There are a few instances where there are grounds to make a claim. These instances include claiming for faulty products, claiming against a contractor whose work has caused an accident, or an accident that has been caused by negligence on the part of your landlord.

Common reasons that an accident may be the fault of your landlord if you live in rented accommodation include:

  • Poor lighting
  • Defective outdoor steps or indoor stairs
  • Ripped carpets
  • Loose or missing floorboards
  • Broken or loose paving stones
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Claiming on Behalf of A Child

If a child has an accident, then a parent or guardian may be able to make a claim on their behalf. Any compensation received is put into a special fund or trust for the child to access when they turn 18. Or managed by trustees to cover the cost of caring for a child with a disability sustained as the result of their injury.

Usually in personal injury cases, there is a three-year time limit to make a claim. however, this is not the case if a child has an accident. In that case, a parent or guardian can make a claim on their behalf until they turn 18, and after that, they have until they turn 21 to make a claim for themselves.

How We Can Help With Common Children’s Accidents

Here at The Compensation Experts, we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with all manner of personal injury claims. This includes children’s accidents. Contact us today by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.

What Are Serious Injury Compensation Claims?

A serious injury is usually life changing. It can alter your life physically and may also impact you mentally. Specialist care and support may become necessary, and you may also have to rethink your employment, living arrangements, personal care, and daily activities. For some people, serious injury will put an end to their working lives. This is why serious injury compensation claims are important.

Some common examples of serious injuries include:

  • Amputations
  • Brain and head injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Injuries to internal organs
  • Burns and skin damage
  • Back and spinal injuries

Any type of accident has the potential to cause catastrophic injury, therefore causes of serious injuries can be varied and can include motorcycle accidents, falls from height, public accidents, accidents at work and road traffic accidents.

Making a Serious Injury Compensation Claim

We understand that after you have had an accident, especially a serious accident, the last thing you may want to do is make a claim. However, anyone who sustains a serious injury will be facing a less-independent future in which they will require expert care and support. On a practical level, they may have to change jobs or give up work altogether which can place a strain on their finances. Specialist equipment such as wheelchairs, prosthetics or visual aids may be needed, and modifications may need to be made to the family home. Some injured persons will require 24-hour ongoing support. The solicitors we work with can help you cover some of the financial costs associated with a serious injury. These costs include:

  • Continuing treatments such as physiotherapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Mobility aids
  • Changes to your home or vehicle
  • Other equipment that can make life easier
  • Loss of earnings

Are There Any Time Limits for Making Serious Injury Compensation Claims?

Court proceedings for serious injury claims must be issued within three years of the accident or the date on which you became aware that you had suffered a serious injury as a result of the accident if this is later.

For children, the three-year period does not start to run until the child’s 18th birthday.

Can Serious Injury Claims Be Made on Behalf of Someone Else?

If the injuries are too serious for a person to bring their own claim, perhaps due to brain injury, then a claim may be made on their behalf. Such Claimants are known as “protected parties.”

The person who makes a claim on behalf of a protected party is called a “litigation friend.” The litigation friend will be responsible for conducting the claim and negotiating the compensation settlement in the best interests of the protected party. In cases of incapacity, the three-year window for making a claim does not start to run until the injured person recovers the ability to conduct litigation for themselves.

How We Can Help

Here at The Compensation Experts we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with personal injury claims. This includes serious injury claims. So contact us today by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.

Children’s Cycling Accidents: Risk may Increase in Warmer Weather

Now that the weather is improving, it is natural that children and adults alike may want to get out cycling. However, with more people around comes the heightened risk of children’s cycling accidents. There are some incidents where there may be an accident involving children where it is just that, an accident. However, if your child has had an accident where someone is to blame, then you may be able to claim compensation on their behalf.

Common Causes of Children’s Cycling Accidents

Many children have cycling accidents due to a variety of reasons. Some of these include:

  • Hit and run accidents
  • Cycling accidents in public areas such as skateparks and parks
  • Accidents due to defects in playgrounds and pavements
  • Slippery road or pavement conditions
  • Collisions with other cyclists or pedestrians

If your child has had a cycling accident due to one of these reasons, then it may be someone else’s fault and you may be able to make a claim on their behalf.

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Minimising Risks of Children’s Cycling Accidents

The nature of children means that they may have accidents that there is no one to blame for. There are certain ways that you can minimise your child’s risk of having an accident by taking certain precautions. Here are a few tips from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) on how you can maximise the enjoyment and minimise the risk:

  • Carry out a regular safety check (tyres at the correct pressure, brakes working and nothing loose like spokes, saddle or handlebars)
  • Wearing a cycle helmet will help provide protection to the head in the event of a collision or falling off (remember to replace if damaged)
  • Make sure your child is not wearing any loose clothing or shoelaces, which could become tangled in the chain or wheels
  • Parents should ride with children to their competence and ability. Get them to demonstrate that they can safely control their bike and deal with other traffic
  • For older children, if they are riding away from home plan the route with them; use cycle tracks and avoid busy roads and junctions if possible.

Claiming on Behalf of a Child

If a child is injured in an accident, then a parent or guardian may be able to make a claim on their behalf. The time limits are also different when making a claim on behalf of a child. Ordinarily a person would have three years from the date of the accident to make a claim. This is different when claiming for a child.

In the case of a child’s accident, you have until they turn 18 to make a claim on their behalf. They then have three years from the date they turn 18 to make a claim. So, in theory, you may have a longer time in which to make a claim. however, it is always better to start a potential claim as soon as possible.

How We Can Help

Here at The Compensation Experts, we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with all manner of personal injury claims. This includes children’s cycling accidents. Contact us by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.

Home accidents: The UK’s hidden household dangers

From hot hobs and sharp counter edges to electrical sockets and loose wires, your house is full of potential dangers for children. In fact, according to a new report by The Compensation Experts, an astonishing 67,135 children were admitted to hospital in 2020 due to injuries sustained at home.

Reading on, we reveal the safety features UK parents most commonly neglect, the most dangerous rooms in the house for children, and our top tips for keeping kids safe.

Uncovering the most common household accidents

Children are inquisitive, crafty, and playful, so it’s only natural that they find themselves in risky situations, especially when left to their own devices. To avoid catastrophe, it’s important to put basic protective measures in place to prevent your children from hurting themselves. However, after questioning 1,000 UK parents about their protective habits, it’s clear that not all mums and dads get around to installing the appropriate equipment.

For example, as many as half of parents have never positioned a safeguard over a hot hob to protect little one from burning their fingers, while over four-in-ten (42%) have never installed corner guards. Unfortunately, these measures should, perhaps, be treated with a little more gravitas, as, in 2020, a reported 16% of children suffered serious burns and 27% experienced bumped heads off table edges.

Staggeringly, a further 41% of parents claim to have disregarded the danger of open cupboards and drawers, which led to 13% of children consuming a dangerous detergent pod in 2020. Similarly, 40% of UK parents actively ignore notoriously hazardous plug sockets, even though 13% of children injure themselves annually while meddling with live electrics.

Finally, children can be clumsy, so it should come as no surprise that 33% and 23% of youngsters, respectively, tumbled down the stairs or fell out of their crib, on at least one occasion in 2020. However, with just 37% of mums and dads committed to installing stair gates and only 34% putting up protective bed barriers, there’s plenty of room for parents to be doing much more to keep their children safer.

Revealed: the most dangerous rooms in the house

Despite often being designed for comfortable lounging, UK parents have named the living room as the most dangerous room in the house; perhaps surprisingly, a startling 42% of children experienced injury here in 2020. Heading outside, the garden also poses danger for unsupervised children, with over a third more (37%) hurting themselves while playing.

Positioned as the third most dangerous area of the house for unsuspecting youngsters, the bedroom saw a third (32%) of children hurt themselves through banging, falling, or tripping in 2020. Meanwhile, sharp corner edges and swinging cupboard doors in the kitchen are responsible for 30% of children heading to the hospital through household injury.

At the other end of the table, hallways (24%), bathrooms (21%), and garages (13%) are considered to be among the least dangerous areas of the house, according to parents, with each responsible for sending less than a quarter of unwary children to A&E in 2020.

Injury prevention top tips

A lot of accidents in the home can easily be avoided, by taking suitable precautions. We’ve outlined our top five injury prevention tips to keep your children safe.

1. Cupboard safety locks

These inexpensive plastic locks will prevent children from opening cupboards and trapping their fingers. These locks also stop children from accessing anything dangerous when you’re not around to keep an eye out.

2. Hob safeguard

Place childproof covers on oven hobs and stoves to prevent nasty burns. Similarly, if you’re cooking on the hob, make sure all handles are facing away from the front to avoid curious children from tipping over a bubbling pan.

3. Electric plug sockets guard

Keep all cables out of reach and insert plastic socket covers to prevent your child from touching electrical outlets.

4. Rubber corner guard

Work surface and table corner points are often head height for an inquisitive youngster. To prevent head bumps and eye injuries, childproof all sharp corner edges with rubber corner guards.

5. Baby gate

Installing baby gates is an efficient way of stopping children from wandering into a room on their own. Having a baby gate allows you to rest easy, knowing your child is safe and out of harm’s way.

Keeping children safe from household danger can be difficult, especially if you’re working throughout the day, but hopefully you’ve picked up a few helpful tips for preventing home-based injuries. For even more expert advice and interesting insight, explore the latest news on our blog.