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Surge in weather related injuries expected as red weather warning issued

07 December, 2014

Windy Road
Falling trees, toppled signs, flying debris, trips and slips are set to drive an increase in personal injury claims as 100 mph storms batter Britain, warn personal injury specialists First4lawyers.

Storm damage can have a devastating impact be it damage to property or personal injuries sustained. Yet many home and business owners fail to appreciate that anyone injured by falling trees, debris or signage on or within the grounds of their property could be liable for compensation claims for personal injury or public liability, especially if they are found negligent around maintaining property and trees. However, there are some simple tips that can help reduce the risk of damage and injury. The team at First4lawyers advise:

Close and secure doors and windows: Closing windows and doors is a simple step often overlooked. Strong winds can easily rip them off their hinges or shatter glass causing injury to passers-by. If you have shutters then make sure they are correctly and fully closed.

Bring loose items indoors: Objects left outside have the potential to become projectiles that could injure people or damage property. Therefore, it is essential that you check outside your property for such items and store them somewhere safe and secure.

Secure large outdoor items: Certain items are simply too big to bring indoors but could potentially cause even more damage. Trampolines, signs, tables and even sheds have the potential to be blown great distances in high winds. There are many ways to secure these items using ropes, stakes, chains and weights.

Check your property for potential damage: Loose guttering, tiles and chimney stacks can soon be ripped away in strong wind. Do a visual check of your property and if you notice any obvious structural damage seek professional advice from a builder to safely repair or secure the damaged items.

Review property again after storm: It’s as important to check after a storm to see if there has been any damage caused by the storm. If so get it repaired or made secure.

Think about the wider area: Your responsibilities don’t just include the physical building. Check other structures, trees and signage on your land. If they are showing signs of wear and tear or damage then get them secured, repaired or removed at the earliest opportunity.

Think safety: Your safety and that of others should be the primary concern. Never attempt to tackle a repair or temporary fix without using the right tools and equipment. If you notice damage and it isn’t safe to make the repair then cordon the area off to keep people out of potential harm’s way.