Can I Claim Compensation For Poor or Inadequate Lighting After an Accident?
Whether you are at work, walking down the street or in a public space, inadequate, nonexistent, or poor lighting can sometimes seem like more of an annoyance than a danger. However, a lack of lighting can be a common cause of accidents such as slips, trips, and falls. These accidents can even result in serious injuries.
It could be that your workplace has inadequate lighting for you to carry out your job, or that you had a fall in a public place like a shopping center, library or leisure center or on public transport. Wherever you were injured you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation if you can show that poor or inadequate lighting was to blame for your accident.
Accidents and injuries which can come from you not being able to adequately see where you are going can include things like tripping on trailing wires, objects which are badly placed or even on poorly marked stairs. Claims for slips, trips, and falls will often have a greater chance of winning a compensation payout if it can be shown that your accident occurred as a result of bad, poor or even non-existent lighting.
We have helped clients whose accident happened in a place such as stairwells, storerooms, and warehouses or out on the street and which was caused by damaged, poor or faulty lighting.
Accident Claims and Poor Lighting
When areas are badly lit it becomes much harder to avoid everyday hazards. You might have been injured in a badly lit area for a number of reasons. Sometimes a light bulb could have blown and not have been replaced, there could be poor light fittings or simply badly designed lighting layouts.
Whatever the cause, inadequate lighting in public spaces, workplaces or just about anywhere can make it easier to show that someone else was liable for your injury. We just need to be able to show that your injuries were caused by negligence on the part of the party who should be installing and maintaining proper lighting for the space.
Failing to install the right kind of lighting as well as failure to maintain it can amount to what is called a ‘breach of duty of care’. To establish this, we need to show who is responsible for lighting in the area and find out whether they owe you a duty of care. We also need to establish whether they can be held liable for your accident.
Injuries Caused by Bad Lighting
Slips, trips, and falls are the most common types of accidents we see as a result of poor lighting. For example; you could be injured when walking down a flight of stairs at work or in a public space. You could miss a step and fall down the stairs. Common injuries from this are bruises and cuts. More serious injuries can include broken bones or even a serious head injury.
Even in environments such as the office, poor lighting can mean you don’t see some computer cabling on the floor or a carelessly placed file which means you trip and fall. Such accidents can commonly lead to a broken or sprained wrist or ankle. You may even have a back injury from such an accident.
Poor lighting in the workplace or public spaces can lead to life-changing injuries. Factory injuries can be caused by poor lighting on the production floor. Tripping or falling into machinery can result in injuries such as cuts, lacerations, crush injuries or worse. Depending on the severity of the injury, some people find they do not fully recover from these injuries. Life-changing effects can be both physical and psychological, leaving the person having to deal with the results for the rest of their life.
Making a personal injury claim for poor lighting can help you to get the compensation that you deserve. This can help you to cope in the future with the pain, suffering or injury you have sustained. Compensation can also help alleviate the financial stress of losing earnings and having to pay medical expenses.
Inadequate lighting Or Poor Lighting In The Workplace
If your accident and injury happened in the workplace, your employer had a duty of care to ensure you had adequate lighting. In this case, they can be found responsible. If your workplace is rented from a landlord, they may be responsible for providing and maintaining adequate lighting. In many office buildings, the landlord or management company will be responsible for lighting in communal areas such as entrances, hallways, and stairwells.
Poor Lighting In Communal Areas
If your accident happened as a result of poor lighting in a communal area, such as the entrance to a block of flats or on the stairs, the building owner may be liable. However, often owners can outsource maintenance to property management companies or agencies. Whoever the responsible party is, their failure to monitor the communal lighting and carry out maintenance/ repairs could amount to negligence. In this case, they are liable for your compensation claim.
Accidents in Public Spaces
Lighting in public spaces, such as streets, underpasses, and parks is generally the responsibility of the Local Authority or Council. If you have had a slip, trip or fall due to poor or inadequate lighting, you may be able to bring a claim against them. Your solicitor will be able to assess the situation, find out who is responsible, and talk you through how to start and proceed with your injury claim.
How to Make An Accident Claim For Inadequate lighting?
If you have had an accident or been injured as a result of poor lighting, you need to talk to an experienced personal injury claim solicitor. At Legal Expert our experienced solicitors are available to discuss your claims case and provide you with the information and confidence to start making your claim.
Call us today on 0800 073 8804 to speak to one of our representatives. Alternatively, you can email us or contact us using the ‘chat’ feature on the website.
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