If you live in rented accommodation, your landlord has a duty of care and is responsible for ensuring that the property, as well as any outbuildings or garden, is safe. Bartletts expert personal injury solicitors in Chester recently won compensation for personal injuries from a landlord, on behalf of a child who was seriously injured when playing in the back garden of his rented home.
The boy, age four, was living with his parents in rented accommodation when the accident occurred. He had been playing in the back garden near a shed with a glass door. The boy pulled the door of the shed and the glass shattered onto him, piercing his chest.
The child suffered a deep laceration to his chest caused by a piece of broken glass from the shed door. He was rushed to hospital where he received emergency surgery to remove the glass and treat the wound. The boy was left with permanent scarring on his chest.
As well as the severe physical injuries, the trauma of the accident also had a psychological effect on the child. He needed a course of cognitive behavioural therapy treatment in order to fully recover.
As children under 18 cannot make a legal claim, an adult, usually a parent, has to make the claim on their behalf. Bartletts expert personal injury solicitors helped the boy’s parents make a claim against their landlord and win compensation for personal injuries on behalf of a child.