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I Cut Myself On Barbed Wire / Razor Wire, Can I Claim Compensation? – Barbed / Razor Wire Personal Injury Claims

By Max Mitrovic. Last Updated 2nd August 2022. Have you been cut on barbed wire or razor wire in an accident that was not your fault? If so, you may be wondering that if you did indeed cut yourself on razor wire, can you claim compensation? If you were cut due to another person or party using barbed wire or razor wire irresponsibly, you may be eligible to claim compensation.

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If you have a concern along the lines of ‘I cut myself on barbed wire due to someone else’s negligence, Legal Expert can advise and potentially support you in regards claiming for your injuries. Our personal injury solicitors have a lot of experience in handling different types of claims including barbed wire cut claims. If one of our solicitors does support your claim, they will push to win you the maximum amount of compensation you could be owed for your barbed wire laceration or razor wire injury. The solicitor will also work on a No Win No Fee basis.

To speak to our advisors, you can call 0800 073 8804 or use our online claims form to reach us. Our online live chat service is also available 24/7. If we see that you have a strong case to claim for a barbed wire injury, rusty barbed wire injury or razor wire injury, we may be able to connect you with one of our solicitors to support you.

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A Guide To Claims For Cutting Yourself On Barbed Wire / Razor Wire

Barbed wire and razor wire are types of metal fencing. You may be wondering if razor wire is the same as barbed wire. Barbed wire is steel fencing wire with sharp edges at regular intervals, and razor wire has sharp strips of metal placed along the edge of the wire. It is often used at the top of a metal fence to stop intruders from climbing over the top, or in other security settings.

‘Is barbed wire effective?’ is a commonly asked question and the answer is it can be for security. If a person comes into contact with barbed wire or razor wire they can suffer a cut, puncture wound or laceration. Because barbed wire and razor wire are potentially dangerous, there are regulations in place to determine how it should be used. Have you have been injured due to barbed wire that was used irresponsibly or unlawfully? If so, you may be eligible to claim compensation for your injuries.

At Legal Expert, our clients may ask us questions such as, “I cut myself on barbed wire, what are my rights?” and “I cut myself on razor wire can I claim compensation?” If you’re able to make a successful claim, your compensation package may cover multiple kinds of damages. It may include funds to compensate you for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity that your injuries have caused. It may possibly also include funds to reimburse you for any medical treatment you may have needed because of your injuries.

Please read on to learn more about how barbed wire cuts and similar injuries are identified. We’ll also look at the requirements to start a claim for such injuries.

What Is A Barbed Wire / Razor Wire Injury?

A barbed wire injury or razor wire injury is when an individual is harmed by coming into contact with these materials. The person or party who puts up the barbed wire or razor wire, or those responsible for maintaining it, owes the public a duty of care. If the barbed wire was put up in a negligent way, leading to an accident where a member of the public is injured, the person or party responsible may be held legally liable for their injuries and could have to pay the injured party compensation as a result.

Types Of Barbed Wire / Razor Wire Wounds And Injuries

Here are some examples of common types of injuries caused by barbed wire and/or razor wire:

A cut is when the skin is sliced open, usually resulting in bleeding. A laceration is when the skin or tissues are torn. Lacerations are often deeper and can damage soft tissues such as tendons and ligaments, or even damage bones. As a result of a laceration, a person can suffer nerve damage or soft tissue damage which impairs their mobility. In extreme circumstances, a person who has suffered a cut to the veins or arteries can bleed to death. Cuts or lacerations may require stitches or surgery in extreme cases. Barbed wire cuts and lacerations can also become infected with dirt or other substances, causing further medical problems. People who have experienced cuts and lacerations may be left with a permanent scar.

A puncture wound is when a person is stabbed by a pointed object, such as a piece of barbed wire or a nail. A puncture wound can be dangerous if it touches a bone, is dirty (possibly leading to infection), was caused by a human or an animal bite, or if the injury has occurred through a shoe (for example, the person has stood on a nail that was protruding through the floor). Should you seek barbed wire injury treatment or treatment for other puncture wounds? In these circumstances, medical assistance should be sought as soon as possible. You can dial the NHS’s non-emergency number, 111, for advice about what you should do.

Cut By Barbed Wire – What Should I Do?

If you have been cut by barbed wire, it’s important that you seek medical attention so that the full extent of your injuries can be assessed. A barb wire cut can lead to serious lacerations and, in some cases, permanent scars. The extent of your injury is one of the factors that dictate the compensation amount should your claim be successful.

If you think you have been injured due to it being used negligently, medical evidence can be vital when claiming. Copies of medical scans and reports from doctors about your injury can help show the full extent of the damage caused.

An independent medical assessment may be required. This assessment will be done by a medical professional who will then create a report clarifying the full extent of your injuries. Our solicitors can arrange for this assessment to be performed as close to you as possible.

As mentioned above, the Highways Act 1980 is the key UK law for razor wire usage. If you feel that you were injured due to a third party not adhering to this law, you could be eligible to claim.

The below section will clarify in more detail how you could establish liability for this type of claim. If you have questions and would prefer to speak to someone, contact our advisors for free at a time that works for you using the details above.

Legality Of Using Barbed Wire Or Razor Fencing

Is it illegal to put up barbed wire in the UK? It is not illegal to use barbed wire or razor wire in the UK. However, because these materials are potentially dangerous, there are regulations and restrictions on how it is to be done.

What Restrictions Are There On Using Razor Wire / Barbed Wire?

There are restrictions on how barbed wire can be used on public land. Section 164 of the Highways Act 1980 states that barbed wire on land adjoining a public highway must not cause a nuisance or present a danger to humans and animals using that highway. This means that barbed wire or razor wire placed within 2.4 metres of highways is deemed a nuisance and local authorities can issue notices for it to be removed.

This means that if you were injured by barbed wire or razor wire adjoining a public highway, it would have been placed there unlawfully. Therefore, the person or party that laid the barbed wire or who is responsible for maintaining it may be held liable for your injuries and you may be able to claim compensation from them.

What Duty Of Care Do Occupants Have To Trespassers?

Whether or not occupiers should have a duty of care towards trespassers, especially those that wish to steal or commit violent crimes, is a subject of much debate. However, householders and occupiers have a duty of care towards people who come onto their property, meaning that they are legally obliged to ensure there are no risks or hazards present. According to the Occupiers Liability Act 1984, burglars injured breaking into another person’s property can sue a homeowner or property owner due to the unsafe conditions. This may mean that a burglar or trespasser injured by barbed wire or razor wire would have the right to sue for damages.

How can a property owner that puts up barbed wire or razor wire as a security precaution avoid being sued? A property owner can discharge their duty of care by putting up warnings such as: “Keep out” or “Trespassers will be prosecuted”. If barbed wire or razor wire is erected, there must be a sign warning potential intruders of the danger with a message such as “Warning barbed wire”, or “Warning: Wire on the wall”. If a burglar tries to sue an occupier or property owner, judges will often take into account whether adequate warning signage was put up. The Criminal Justice Act 2003 also states that criminals found to be guilty can only sue property owners or occupiers if they get permission from a court unless the security measures taken were excessively unsafe.

Advice From The Police On Using Razor Or Barbed Wire

The police advise against converting fences into barbed wire fences as a form of protection for residential buildings. This is because the householder may be held liable for any injuries caused if a trespasser or burglar tries to break in. Also, these sorts of home security measures may be viewed as distasteful or detrimental by other householders within your neighbourhood. The police recommend planting spiky plants or using trellis fencing to deter home intruders, as a safer method of crime prevention. Householders may need to get planning permission for any updates they make to their home.

Broken Razor Wire Or Barbed Wire Fence Injuries

If a fence breaks, the barbed wire section of the fence can end up lower than the recommended 2.4 metres. This can pose a risk for dogs, dog walkers, and children who may enjoy playing near the fence. Property owners are legally responsible for maintaining their fences to a safe standard. If you or your child has been injured by a barbed-wire fence that was not properly maintained, you could claim compensation for a barbed wire injury or barbed wire puncture wound.

Razor Wire Cuts – Top Tips To Claim

This section looks at how you can go about establishing liability for razor wire injuries if you want to make a claim.

This includes:

  • Reaching out for legal advice – Some parties can be within their rights to have barbed wire fences, despite the health hazard they can pose to the public. A personal injury solicitor can help you better understand the surrounding law, and see if you could be eligible to make a claim for your razor wire injuries.
  • Collect evidence of the site – To prove that the occupier or property owner may have acted negligently (for example, they failed to put up warning signs) you can take pictures of the site or provide similar recordings that can prove their negligence.
  • Collect evidence of your injury – Pictures of your injury from the day of the accident, such as of any barbed wire cuts you may have suffered, can act as part of your evidence in a claim. A medical assessment of your injuries will also be beneficial.

To see if you are eligible to claim, please speak to one of our advisers.

Barbed Wire Injury Claim Payouts

If you have cut yourself on barbed wire or razor wire, you may be wondering “How much compensation will I get for a cut finger?” or any other type of barbed wire laceration or barbed wire puncture wound. You can use our personal injury claims calculator below to estimate how much compensation you could be entitled to claim. The calculator is based on compensation amounts outlined by a legal body known as the Judicial College. Of course, these are approximate compensation amounts. For an accurate assessment of how much you could be entitled to claim, call Legal Expert to speak to an advisor.

Type or form of injurySeverity of this injuryPotential settlementsComments and further information
Damage to digestive system - (a) damage resulting from traumatic injuriesLevel (i)£43,010 to £61,910Severe levels of injury or damage which does cause some continuing discomfort or pain.
Damage to digestive system - (a) damage resulting from traumatic injuriesLevel (ii)£16,790 to £27,760Serious forms of injury which are non-penetrating and which lead to permanent or long lasting complications.
Damage to digestive system - (a) damage resulting from traumatic injuriesLevel (iii)£6,610 to £12,590Wounds which are penetrating (such as a stab wound). Injuries which cause lacerations or similar injuries.
Elbow injuriesModerateUp to £12,590The majority of injuries to the elbow are in this category. This could include a simpler fracture or tennis elbow. They do not cause permanent levels of injury.
Hand injuryModerate£5,720 to £13,280Such as penetrating wounds or crush injuries which affect the soft tissues. Higher amounts are paid for injuries where surgery does not work.
Knee injuryModerate (ii)Up to £13,740There may be injuries such as twisting injuries, bruises and lacerations or cuts. There may be some continuing discomfort and aches. Modest injuries could resolve in a shorter period of time.
Foot injuriesModestUp to £13,740More ‘straight forward’ injuries to the foot such as lacerations could be included in this bracket.
Toe injuriesModerateUp to £9,600Such as lacerations and similar levels of injury to the toe or toes.

This table does not include an estimate of how much you could receive in special damages.

More Compensation Payouts For a Barbed Wire Cut

The figures in the table above only refer to a potential portion of your final settlement. They represent a figure known as general damages. General damages compensate for the pain and suffering you endured due to the injuries you sustained by being cut on barbed wire.

However, some claims can also include a sum called special damages. This is when any relevant financial losses may be reimbursed to you.

For example:

  • Loss of earnings – A barbed wire cut can result in varying issues and symptoms. In some circumstances, your ability to continue working may be affected. If so, your income may suffer as a result. If you can provide evidence such as payslips regarding how much you could have earned during your recovery period, this amount could be included in a special damages payment.
  • Damage to property – During the incident, personal items such as your clothes or phone may be damaged. If so, special damages may be able to cover the cost of repairs or replacements.
  • Medical costs – You may need treatment that requires paying for prescription medications to aid in your recovery. These costs may also be considered eligible for reimbursement.

For more examples of special damages and how this portion of your settlement is calculated, reach out to our advisors today.

No Win No Fee Claims For Cutting Yourself On Razor Wire

Many people would like to claim compensation for injuries that were not their fault, but worry that they will not be able to afford to pay an upfront solicitors fee. We can offer you the option to make a No Win No Fee claim. This means that you will not have to pay your solicitor’s fee upfront. Instead, we will charge you a small, capped success fee on the condition that we win your claim. If we do not win, you will not have to pay your solicitor’s legal fees, so there is less financial risk involved for you. The other great advantage to making a No Win No Fee claim is that if your claim is successful, the fee will be deducted from your compensation package, so you don’t have to worry about finding the funds to pay for your claim upfront.

To inquire about making a No Win No Fee claim, call Legal Expert to speak to an advisor. Alternatively, read our online guide to making a No Win No Fee claim to find out more.

Why Claim With Legal Expert?

Have you experienced a rusty barbed wire injury, barbed wire laceration, barbed wire puncture wound or razor wire injury? If you cut yourself on barbed wire due to it being used improperly, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries.

Contact Legal Expert today, to see if we can help you to claim. If you have legitimate grounds to claim compensation for barbed wire injuries, we can provide you with a knowledgeable solicitor to handle your case. Our solicitors have decades of experience handling personal injury claims and will fight to win you the maximum amount of compensation that you could be owed. You will also have the option to get your claim handled on a No Win No Fee basis.

Start Your Claim

If you suffer a barbed wire cut and want to explore a potential claim for it, you can call Legal Expert on 0800 073 8804. Alternatively, you can use our online claims form or live chat service to reach us. If we can see that you have a case for claiming compensation, we may provide you with a solicitor to handle your claim as soon as possible.

Essential References

External Guides

Cuts And Grazes On NHS Guides – A guide from the NHS about this type of injury.

Section 164 of the Highways Act 1980 – Information from the Highways Act relating to the usage and removal of barbed wire.

Cut Myself On Barbed Wire FAQ

In this final section of our guide to potentially claiming compensation for barbed wire cuts, we’ve answered some frequently asked questions related to this matter:

Is Barbed Wire Legal In The UK?

Under certain circumstances, it is legal to install barbed wire. However, under legislation such as the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1984, those who install barbed wire have a legal duty of care to protect other people who enter the property from foreseeable harm.

How Sharp Is Razor Wire?

Razor wire and barbed wire are both sharp enough to cause cuts, puncture wounds or lacerations if exposed skin and limbs come into contact with them. They can also rip and tear clothing that makes contact with these types wires.

What Happens If You Get Scratched By Barbed Wire?

If you are scratched or suffer other wounds due to contact with barbed wire, then you should seek medical attention right away. If you have the appropriate training and resources, you could potentially apply first aid to yourself immediately after suffering your injury.

Would you like to speak to an advisor about queries such as ‘I cut myself on barbed wire, can I claim compensation?’ If so, you can contact Legal Expert online or by phone using the contact details within this guide.

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