Can I Claim for Injury Caused by a Storm?
While extreme weather is usually classed as an ‘act of god’ there are some circumstances in which a resulting injury could be the fault of someone else and have been avoidable.
Local authorities, employers, councils, property and business owners have a responsibility to ensure the health and safety of others.
In the case of the recent Storm Eunice, warnings were provided of the incoming storm, therefore where persons have taken steps to reasonable prepare for the storm and protect against damage, they may be able to defend a claim, if one was bought.
If you took a risk, went out during the storm and suffered personal injury, the other side are likely to allege that you are partially to blame for the injury as you failed to take care of yourself. If a claim was bought that would seek to apportion and level of contributory negligence to you.
Holly Minney, Head of Dispute Resolution and specialising in personal injury law, said:
“If you have suffered an injury caused by the recent bad weather, please contact our team to discuss the injury and the circumstances of your accident, we will be able to determine if you can make a claim.”