I recently injured myself quite badly while waiting at a local bus stop and want to know can I claim for cutting myself on broken glass on a bus shelter?
“Can I claim for cutting myself on broken glass on a bus shelter?” Whether or not you are able to claim for compensation for an injury sustained at a bus shelter depends whether someone else’s negligence led to your injury. To qualify for compensation someone other than yourself must be at least partly to blame for what happened; in your case it might be the bus company, a local council or a maintenance company contracted to ensure that the stop remains safe for use by the public.
“Can I claim for cutting myself on a bus shelter?” can also depend on your action in the immediate aftermath of the accident. If it transpires that you are partly to blame for your injury, you may have to contribute to the cost of your medical bills or any other costs incurred as a result of your injury.
How can you be held responsible for your own injury? You may be deemed to be in some way responsible for your own injuries if you failed to seek proper medical treatment directly after the injury was sustained. In your case, you should have summoned an ambulance or made your way to the nearest hospital’s Accident and Emergency department – if instead you boarded the bus and continued on as if the accident had never occurred, you may be found to be at least partly liable for your injury. The party you believe to be liable may argue that by not seeking treatment straight away you exacerbated your injury or decided it wasn’t serious enough to warrant immediate medical attention.
As mentioned in the first paragraph “Can I claim for cutting myself on broken glass on a bus shelter?” depends on whether or not someone else is responsible for your injuries. In some cases – as is possible in your situation – more than one party other than yourself may be liable for your injuries. Depending on who is responsible for the maintenance of the bus shelter as many as two or three parties could be liable.
The question “Can I claim for cutting myself on broken glass on a bus shelter?” is best answered by a qualified solicitor, which as mentioned above, you can speak with on our freephone advice service.