If you have recently been made aware of a defective handrail, you may be entitled to compensation. A defective handrail is one that does not fit securely over the rail of a staircase and is therefore very dangerous for children, the elderly and people with disabilities to use. In these circumstances it is obvious that a wall mounted handrail Auckland should be fitted as foreseen by architects and building contractors. The following paragraphs provide further details on how to make a claim for personal injuries compensation.
The first step is to get in touch with your solicitor. You need to decide whether you want to proceed with a case for personal injury compensation or whether you want to opt for a legal claim against the manufacturer of the handrail. Many solicitors offer free advice either through phone or website contacts. Others charge a small consultation fee.
If you choose to pursue a case using the law there are two main options open to you. Firstly, you can sue the manufacturer of the wall mounted handrail in Auckland. Secondly, you can claim compensation for injuries or damage that has been caused by the handrail. If you are a pedestrian who has fallen under the handrail, you will be eligible to make a claim for personal injury damages. If you are a child who has fallen under the handrail, you can claim damages for pain and suffering as this is a form of emotional distress that is often not fully comprehended by the relevant parties.
As mentioned previously, many individuals are inclined to accept the manufacturers’ excuses for not being able to offer an effective solution to the problem of a defective handrail. They argue that they have only provided “stair banister handrail fittings” which are not able to withstand the weight that the handrail would be able to tolerate. However, the courts have found otherwise. The manufacturers’ argument that their products are designed to withstand the weight exceeds their capability is not valid in this regard. It is irrelevant how much weight the handrail fittings can cope with. Their construction does not provide any safety benefit and is not safe for users at all.
It is often the case that fittings do not fit correctly. This is usually because the wrong type was purchased (or the wrong manufacturer ordered it). The situation could also arise if the installation was attempted but was not completed correctly. There are numerous instances where handrails have been fitted incorrectly resulting in balconies being hung too low or being bunched up at the top. Even when installed correctly, there are often chances that they will not fit at all. It is important that all contractors and workers employed in fitting these handrails have the requisite training and expertise to ensure that they adhere to all industry standards.
It is not only important that the wall mounted handrail Auckland fittings are correct but that the correct materials, measurements and configurations have been made. For example, it is usual for handrails to be affixed to the wall on four sides but some companies may prefer to have them affixed to the wall on five sides. Another common mistake is to order handrail systems with non-standard spacing. Handrail Fittings has a handrail system with standard spacing should be able to do so. However, it is unlikely that all contractors and workers would adhere to these standards if they did not have a financial reason for doing so.
When installing a wall mounted handrail in Auckland, it is vitally important that the handrail runs parallel to the wall. Contractors should never have handrails run perpendicular to the wall as they will create an unsafe obstruction in the path of people walking under them. When installing a handrail, it is crucial that the distance from the handrail to the nearest wall is at least three inches but more than six inches to avoid injuring people when walking under the handrail. It is also important that any door or other openings that lead to the public be blocked with handrails.
Another serious mistake often made when installing a wall mounted handrail Auckland system is to install the handrail too close to a window or other opening in the wall. This places the handrail in direct contact with people and materials that could fall down. The chances of this happening are increased when the handrail is affixed to the wall rather than attached to the rails. This means that any window or other opening in the wall must be placed further away from where the handrail will be installed in order to prevent the possibility of falling materials from hitting the handrail and the windows and doors.