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Door Injuries & Accidents

Perhaps surprisingly, for such a seeming innocuous and day to day item, doors are responsible for a huge number of accidents and injuries in the UK every single day. What can also be surprising is just have severe and painful the injuries they cause can be.

Here at Russell Worth solicitors we are often asked to assist with a number of such accidents including:-

Slamming doors. A very frequent and often extremely painful injury type, at the same time one of the most preventable if the simplest of precautions are taken. We all know full well that certain doorways are going to get heavy footfall – be in it the office, a shop, a school, a hospital or anywhere else. Fitting ‘slow close’ hinges that prevent doors from slamming on fingers, heads or any other body part is nothing other than common sense – yet thousands of doors do not have these simple devices and as a result thousands of us suffer completely avoidable injuries.

Heavy doors. As with slamming doors, a common and preventable injury type. We accept that some doors need to be weighty, they could be security precautions or used to keep hot or chilly air contained in a work environment for example. There are however several ways that they can be  made safe for use, slow closing hinges, making them automatic or semi automatic, using sliding doors instead of traditional swing ones, to name but a few safety measures freely available.

Automatic doors. Automatic doors can be very convenient, especially for the elderly, those with mobility problems or those with young children – when they are well serviced, well maintained and in good working order that is. However if they malfunction then they can cause serious injuries, usually either by closing unexpectedly causing crush or fall injuries, or be failing to open at all leading to collision injuries.

Glass doors. Glass doors can look very stylish and offer a sense of space and light. While that is all very desirable, what is very much less so is when they are not marked properly or, in the case of automatic doors, they fail to open leading to collision injuries. If the doors or panels are not safety glass then the injuries can be extremely serious.

Swinging doors. You may not have taken much notice of this in the past, but most doors open and close just one way. However, in commercial settings in particular such as bars or restaurants, the doors any open both in ways and out ways. If someone is approaching the door from the other side this has increased potential to cause collisions.

Whatever the cause of your door related injury Russell Worth solicitors are here to help.

Not sure if you can claim? Perhaps you think you were in some way to blame? Let us answer those questions. It is free to contact our offices and you are under no obligation to bring a claim, even if we think you have a good case. Remember, if we can help you we will only ever do so on a no win no fee basis.


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If you are unsure whether you can claim compensation for a personal injury sustained in the armed forces, then call our personal injury claims team for free for no obligation advice on making a claim. They will ask you some simple questions about your condition, talk to you about what’s happened and can tell you if you have a viable claim for compensation or not.

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