For the happy couple, it’s the best day of their lives. For everyone else, it’s a wonderful excuse and opportunity to get together for a good old party. Health and safety is nothing but a distant memory at most weddings but even the happiest of occasions can be marred by a serious accident in public.
Given the amount of giddy excitement, happiness and, yes, alcohol, that surround the majority of weddings, it is little wonder that they are a breeding ground for trips and falls and other public accidents.
What are the five most common causes of slips, trips and falls at weddings?
Finding the right pair of shoes can either make or break a wedding outfit. They can also break a bone should you suffer a trip or fall. Weddings, particularly for the bride and those who are part of her entourage, require an awful lot of standing, walking and posing for pictures. Whilst high heels look glamorous, you need to be careful in them to stop trip and fall accidents occurring.
Whether it’s up to the entrance of the church, registry office or your wedding venue of choice, in the reception or out on the town later, glamorous shoes, alcohol and stairs are a combination that do not mix particularly well and trips and falls can occur all too easily.
- Spilt drinks
It’s common for drinks to be spilt or champagne to be sprayed at weddings. If the venue staff are not vigilant in cleaning up puddles quickly and effectively, then slip accidents can, and invariably do, happen.
We’ve all seen it. Whether it’s children busting out some knee-slides, middle-aged dads rehashing the ‘glory days’ with some extravagant moves or some ill-advised break dancing, wedding dance-floors are, quite simply, a public accident waiting to happen.
- Uneven floors
Some venues, particularly old churches, have floor surfaces which are far from smooth and therefore, can pose a significant threat to public safety.
What can I do if I am injured at a wedding?
The management of wedding venues are responsible for the safety of guests. Part of this includes removing or minimising trip hazards by clearing away spillages or highlighting raised slabs etc.
If these responsibilities are not met and you suffer personal injuries, public accident compensation may be due. Call our expert legal team at Accident Advice Helpline today to start the process.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice