Unless a football ground is properly maintained and staffed by responsible, vigilant personnel, there is a good chance of visitors being injured by slipping, tripping or falling.
Hazards likely to cause slips, trips and falls in football grounds include:
- Wet, muddy or icy surfaces
- Holes, lumps or bumps in the ground
- Uneven or damaged steps on stairways
- Lack of handrails along steep pathways or on stairs
- Cluttered and badly lit passages
Spilled drinks or dropped food items may also be responsible for slip injuries, and loose or uneven carpeting or other flooring within interior areas could result in trip injuries. Players could also slip on wet flooring in showers, changing and treatment rooms.
Other possible risks
Unless crush barriers at height are filled in, spectators may also be injured by falling through gaps, and defective seating could cause all sorts of personal injuries, from cuts or piercing by splintered materials to bruises and even broken limbs.
Duty of care
Football ground owners and management have a duty of care towards personnel, visitors and teams alike. This means they have the responsibility to ensure the risk of accidental injuries is minimised by ensuring hazards are immediately removed or, where this is not possible, clearly marked either with cones, suitable notices or, if a hazard is permanent, yellow or white paint. A permanent trip hazard could, for instance, consist of a single comparatively low step along an otherwise even pathway.
Breach of duty
Failure to minimise the risk of injuries by tripping, slipping or falling is known as a breach of duty and could leave owners or managers liable to pay personal injury compensation to individuals who suffered injuries as a result of this breech.
Time limits and evidence
Claims for compensation can be brought into action within 36 months of the incident causing the accidental injury. Claimants will be required to provide evidence of their injury and any treatments or medication they require, as well as evidence supporting their claim in terms of who was ultimately responsible for the accident. Such evidence may include statements of witnesses and medical or other personnel present at the time; photographs of the scene of the accident and more.
Making a claim
While this all sounds intensely complicated, claiming for accidental injury compensation is made far easier with the help of experienced, highly skilled Accident Advice Helpline solicitors. Have a chat with an advisor via the freephone advice line today to find out more.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice