Barbed Wire / Razor Wire Personal Injury Claims Guide – Can I Claim Compensation? – How To Claim?

By Marianne Sargent. Last updated 25th April 2022. Welcome to this guide to barbed wire injury claims. In it, we explain how a barbed wire cut tetanus claim could occur, and answer questions about razor wire fence injuries, such as ‘is barbed wire legal in the UK?’

If you suffered an injury on barbed wire/razor wire you could seek compensation from a negligent party. For more information about a broken barbed wire personal injury claim, our guide provides essential reading.

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Barbed wire/razor wire personal injury claim

Providing you can show negligence on the part of another person or organisation, a personal injury lawyer would offer to represent you on a No Win No Fee basis. Accident Claims UK handles many personal injury claims for people who suffer some type of injury caused by a negligent party. Our team of experts are able to assist you when it comes to seeking compensation for injuries you sustained in a barbed wire or razor wire accident. This means a personal injury solicitor will represent you without requesting that you pay an upfront fee, and there would be no ongoing fees to find as your case goes forward either.

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A Guide On Barbed Wire / Razor Wire Personal Injury Claims

This guide offers essential reading on how to go about making a barbed wire or razor wire injury claim for compensation against someone who could be held responsible for the injuries you suffered. We cover the type of accidents caused by another party which could leave you suffering from injuries sustained either due to broken barbed wire fencing or razor wire fencing. 

Further to this, we explain the difference between both types of fencing and why it is used to prevent intruders from accessing areas that have either barbed wire or razor wire fencing around them. We provide information on the regulations that cover this type of potentially dangerous fencing, and how you could claim compensation if the regulations were not adhered to by a responsible party.

Barbed wire injury / razor wire fence injury – your questions answered

You may be asking questions like the following:

  • Is barbed wire legal in the UK?
  • How much could I claim for a barbed wire/razor wire injury?
  • What are my rights if I cut myself on barbed wire fencing?

The level of compensation you could be awarded in a successful broken barbed wire personal injury claim would depend on the extent of your injuries. When it comes to your rights, should a party have not respected the regulations and you suffered some kind of injury as a direct result, they could be held negligent which could entitle you to seek compensation.

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We explain how a personal injury lawyer would offer to represent you on a No Win No Fee basis once it has been determined you have a strong claim against a negligent party. After this, we go into the details of Conditional Fee Agreements and how this legal contract allows a solicitor to act on your behalf without requesting any fees to do so. We also explain how compensation is calculated for the injuries you sustained in a barbed wire/razor wire accident that was not your fault.

To start a claim today, please get in touch with one of our advisors who will walk you through the process before letting you know on how best to proceed.

What Are Barbed Wire Or Razor Wire Personal Injuries?

You could suffer a barbed wire or razor wire injury if you come into contact with any sort of fencing that uses this type of material. Anyone who uses barbed wire or razor wire has a duty of care to ensure they are used in a responsible way. They are also responsible for its maintenance. If you were injured because the barbed or razor wire was incorrectly put up which led to an accident, the party/occupant, or the person in control of the area may be held liable. As such, you could be entitled to seek compensation by making a razor wire or broken barbed wire personal injury claim against them.

For more information on how we could assist you in making a barbed wire or razor wire personal injury claim against a negligent party, please get in touch today.

How To Treat Wounds Caused By Razor Wire Or Barbed Wire?

If you were injured in an accident involving either razor or barbed wire fencing, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible to avoid any complications or infections developing. You may have sustained a puncture wound which can lead to all sorts of other health issues if not treated promptly and correctly, especially if the following applies:

  • The puncture wound is so deep it touches the bone
  • The area surrounding the puncture wound is dirty which could lead to a serious infection developing

If you suffered a puncture wound on barbed or razor wire, you should do the following:

  • Clean the area around the puncture wound
  • Rinse the wound under water for several minutes
  • Stem the bleeding
  • Apply pressure to the puncture wound using a clean dressing until the bleeding ceases
  • Apply some kind of antibiotic topical cream
  • Cover with a sterile bandage
  • Seek medical attention

To find out how Accident Claims UK can help you file a negligence personal injury claim against a responsible party, please get in touch with one of our advisers today.

Injuries Caused By Razor Wire And Barbed Wires

You could suffer several types of injury if you are involved in an accident where broken barbed wire or razor wire is present. Some of the most common injuries include the following:

  • Skin being sliced open which results in bleeding. This type of laceration injury can be deep, causing muscle and soft tissue damage. A deeper laceration caused by razor wire may result in more severe damage to nerves which could affect mobility. Extremely severe lacerations could also sever veins and arteries which could prove fatal. Lacerations often require stitches or in severe cases, surgery may be necessary. If this type of injury becomes infected, it could lead to more serious health issues and could leave an injured party with permanent scarring
  • Should the injury be deep enough to touch a bone and the item which caused a puncture would is dirty, it could lead to a serious infection. A puncture wound to the foot caused by barbed wire lying on the ground will not only be extremely painful, but it could also mean the injured party is unable to walk until the wound heals. Medical attention should always be sought if you tread on barbed wire and it punctures the soul of your shoe, leaving you injured

For more information on how Accident Claims UK can assist you when it comes to establishing responsibility for a barbed wire or razor wire injury, please discuss your case with one of our advisers today.

Injuries Caused By Broken Barbed Or Razor Wire Fences

If you suffered a barbed wire or razor wire injury because a fence is broken and the barbed wire part of the fence is less than 2.4 metres in length, which is the recommended length, the owner of the fence/property could be held responsible because they failed to maintain their fence line correctly. As such, you could be entitled to seek compensation for the injuries and losses you suffered due to the owner’s negligence.

Could I Use Barbed Or Razor Wire On My Property? Is Barbed Wire Legal In The UK?

You are legally allowed to use barbed wire or razor wire on your property. However, you also have a legal responsibility to ensure the fencing is correctly maintained. On top of this you must also abide by the regulations and restrictions that are in place, which are explained below:

Occupant’s Duty Of Care To Trespassers?

Occupants, property owners or other people who use barbed wire or razor wire on fencing as a way to keep intruders out have a duty of care towards anyone who may enter their property. In short, they have a legal obligation to make sure that hazards and dangers are not present. The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1984 states that anyone, and this includes trespassers, intruders, burglars, and other people who are injured, could sue the homeowner or other owner of a property for injuries they sustained on barbed wire or razor wire.

However, providing there are sufficient signs and warnings stating the presence of barbed wire or razor wire around a property, the occupant is able to discharge this duty of care. The following signs can be used for such purposes:

  • Keep out
  • Trespassers will be prosecuted
  • Warning – barbed wire
  • Razor wire – warning
  • Warning wire on wall and fence

The Criminal Justice Act 2003 states that intruders/criminals who are found guilty may only sue a property owner/occupier if they are granted permission to do so by a court. However, if the security measures in place are deemed to be ‘excessively dangerous’, an injured party may be able to seek compensation for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity they were caused.

Restrictions On Using Barbed Or Razor Wire

Section 164 of the Highways Act 1980 states that any barbed wire used on land next to a public highway must not cause a danger or nuisance to anybody or any animals that may use the highway. Any fencing using this type of material at a height that is less than 2.4 metres high would be considered a ‘nuisance’. As such, a local authority has the right to issue a notice for the removal of the offending barbed wire fencing.

Police Advice On The Usage Of Barbed Or Razor Wires

When it comes to the advice provided by the police in the UK, they do not recommend using barbed wire on the top of fences around residential homes. The reason the police advise against its use as a way of preventing intruders from gaining access is because a homeowner/occupant could be held liable for any injuries an intruder suffers when attempting a break-in. It could also be seen as distasteful and inappropriate by other residents in a neighbourhood. Instead, the police suggest homeowners/occupants use spiky plants, trellis fencing and other deterrents to prevent intruders from gaining access to a property.

Calculating Compensation For Barbed Wire / Razor Wire Personal Injuries

If you suffered a laceration caused by razor wire or a puncture wound caused by broken barbed wire and the accident was the fault of a negligent party, you may be wondering if your claim would be valid. If so, you may also be curious as to the amount of personal injury compensation you may be entitled to receive. 

The barbed wire/razor wire compensation table below provides information on how much you could be awarded in general damages. The amounts are taken from the Judicial College Guidelines and are given as ballpark figures only. It is also worth noting the amounts do not include special damages which you could be entitled to claim in a successful broken barbed wire or razor wire personal injury claim against the responsible party.

Injury TypeSeverityPotential awards
(a) Damage to digestive system due to traumatic injuriesLevel (i) to Level (iii)£6,190 to £58,100
Injuries to elbowModerate or MinorUp to £11,820
Injuries to handModerate£5,260 to £12,460
Injuries to kneeModerate (ii)Up to £12,900
Injuries to footModestUp to £12,900
Injuries to toesModerateUp to £9,010

To find out how Accident Claims UK could assist you in making a claim against a responsible party, please get in touch today.

Special Damages – What Expenses And Losses Could I Claim For?

Should you win your personal injury claim against the responsible party, as previously touched upon, you may be entitled to claim special damages on top of general damages. Special damages are awarded to compensate for any financial losses you suffered as a result of having been injured by barbed wire or razor wire. This could typically include the following expenses:

  • The cost of medical treatment which includes prescriptions, therapy, rehabilitation, and other treatments required during recovery and also any ongoing treatment required
  • The cost of travelling to a hospital or another medical facility, whether you get there by car, bus, taxi, or train; could also include parking fees
  • Care costs should you require assistance around the home during your recovery
  • Financial losses which include loss of income and future earnings
  • All other out of pocket expenses linked to the injuries you suffered

You must provide evidence of your expenditure and losses in the form of receipts and documentation relating to your income.

If you would like information regarding what you could claim in special damages, please speak to one of our advisers today.

How Do I Make A Barbed Wire / Razor Wire Fence Personal Injury Claim

To make a barbed wire/razor wire personal injury claim, you should first get medical attention so your wounds are treated. You must then gather as much evidence as you can to prove another person was responsible for the injuries you sustained. 

How to prove that you were cut on barbed wire

To prove that you were hurt by barbed wire, you can collect different types of evidence to strengthen your claim. Examples of evidence could include:

  • CCTV footage of the accident
  • Photographs of the accident, accident site, or your injuries
  • Medical reports from any medical professionals you visited after the accident
  • Witness contact details – if anyone was present at the time of the incident, their statement could help strengthen your case

However, this list is not exhaustive. Other types of evidence could potentially help your barbed wire fence injury claim. If you speak to a solicitor, they can help you figure out what evidence will work best for your case.

Following this, you should contact a solicitor to find out whether your claim against a responsible party is valid. Once this has been established, the solicitor would offer to represent you on a No Win No Fee basis which means they would not request you pay an upfront fee for them to begin their investigations.

No Win No Fee Barbed Wire / Razor Wire Personal Injury Claims

You may be worried about the cost of seeking personal injury compensation, which can prove expensive. However, at Accident Claims UK, our personal injury lawyers provide a No Win No Fee service to claimants who have valid claims against responsible parties. Firstly, your case would need to be assessed and once a solicitor has determined a party could be deemed negligent, they would offer to represent you on a No Win No Fee basis, taking all the worry of paying upfront and ongoing fees for legal representation.

Accident Claims UK offers claimants an initial, no-obligation consultation which allows solicitors the chance to assess cases to ensure they are valid. This first consultation is free of charge. You would sign a Conditional Fee Agreement (No Win No Fee contract) and once this is done, the solicitor then takes on your claim and deals with all aspects of your case, which includes contacting and negotiating with the responsible party.

The only time you pay the success fee, which is laid out as a small percentage in the No Win No Fee Agreement you signed, is when you are awarded compensation, whether this is in an out of court settlement, or if your case goes to court and you are awarded compensation by a judge. With this said, most personal injury claims are settled before they get to court. 

The ‘percentage’ due to the solicitor is deducted from the personal injury compensation you are awarded. If your broken barbed wire or razor wire negligence claim is not successful, you would not have to pay the solicitor the ‘success fee’.

For more information on No Win No Fee personal injury claims, please speak to one of our advisers today.

How We Help Victims Of Accidents And Injuries

As previously touched upon, Accident Claims UK offers you a free, no-obligation, initial consultation which allows a solicitor the opportunity to assess your barbed wire or razor wire claim against a negligent party. Once this has been established, you would be represented on a No Win No Fee basis taking all the worry of finding the money to pay an upfront fee and ongoing fees off the table.

Once you sign a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), the solicitor would deal with your personal injury claim by contacting the responsible party on your behalf. Assistance would be offered for the following:

  • Gathering essential evidence
  • Organising medical examinations

With decades of experience in representing injured parties, our solicitors work hard to ensure you are awarded an acceptable and fair level of compensation. Should your injuries be such that you require ongoing, longer-term therapy, Accident Claims UK would ensure the cost of this is included in your claim.

If you would like to start a broken barbed wire injury claim, use one of the methods below to get in touch with us today.

Begin A Razor Wire Personal Injury Claim

To begin your barbed wire personal injury claim against a responsible party, please contact one of our friendly advisers today. You can reach Accident Claims UK by telephone on 0800 073 8801.

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You can also request a ‘call back’ and an advisor will get back to you as soon as possible.

Barbed wire or broken barbed wire accident claims FAQ

Can I claim compensation if I hurt myself on barbed wire?

If you cut yourself because a property owner has been irresponsible in the use of barbed wire, you could be eligible to seek compensation. If you are unsure whether the property owner has been negligent, you may wish to discuss your case with a personal injury lawyer.

What can I claim for if injured by barbed wire?

When making a personal injury claim, you can request compensation for any pain, suffering or loss of amenity that results from an accident caused by somebody else. In addition, you could also seek compensation for any financial losses that result from your injuries too.

For a free evaluation of your razor wire fence injury claim, get in touch with our advisors at any time.

How long do I have to begin a personal injury claim?

In the UK, personal injury claims time limits are controlled by the Limitation Act 1980. That means a 3-year time limit applies. For most claims, the limitation period will begin from the date of the accident.

When claiming on behalf of a child or an adult with limited mental capacity, the time limit is suspended.

A litigation friend can make a claim on behalf of a minor until they turn 18, after which point they can represent themselves in legal proceedings and can start a claim within 3 years.

For litigations friends to claim for adults with limited mental capacity, the time limit is suspended indefinitely unless they make a recovery. At which point, they have 3 years to start a claim.

To learn more about how we can help with broken barbed wire compensation claims, please call our team today.

Can I claim for a barbed wire injury or razor wire fence injury at work?

One of the common types of accident claims our solicitors handle are accident at work claims. There are a number of reasons you could be eligible to make an accident claim for an injury at work. You would need to prove that your employer breached the duty of care they owed you which resulted in you sustaining harm. If you have evidence to prove this, you could be eligible for compensation. The most common causes of accidents at work, according to the HSE’s 2020-21 statistics can be seen below.

 

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How could a barbed wire cut or tetanus happen at work?

If part of your job role involves working with barbed wire, such as building a razor-wire fence, for example, your employer should assess any risks to your safety. If they find any hazards when completing their assessments, they should take reasonable steps to either control or remove the risk of harm you face.

This could involve ensuring you have adequate training. It could also involve providing you with personal protective equipment. However, your employer is only required to provide this if they have done everything else they reasonably can and the risk is still present.

Could I claim permanent scar compensation for a razor wire fence accident?

If the accident was not your fault and someone could be held liable, you could claim for scars left by your injury. Whether you suffer a barbed wire cut or tetanus, this could leave you with scarring. You could seek compensation for the physical and psychological pain and suffering you’ve experienced as a result of the scarring.

Learn More About Barbed Wire Injuries And Claims

For more information on claiming compensation from a Local Authority Local Council, please click on the link below:

Claiming compensation from a Local Council or Authority

The link below takes you to the NHS website where you will find a lot of useful information on how to treat cuts and grazes:

NHS guide to cuts and grazes

For more information on Section 164 of the Highways Act 1980, please click on the link below:

Section 164 of the Highways Act 1980

For more information on wound care, please click on the link below:

Wound care

For more information on tetanus injections, please click on the link below:

Do I need a tetanus jab if I suffer a barbed wire or razor wire injury?

Thanks for reading about how to make a broken barbed wire injury or razor wire fence compensation claim. Whether you have suffered a barbed wire cut with tetanus, or another injury, we would be happy to assess your case.