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    Esther Rantzen

    Bank holiday bloopers: Fell asleep in a London park during summer?


    When it comes to accidents in public, the potential consequences can be enormously painful, not to mention embarrassing. Whilst, in some circumstances, being able to claim for personal injury compensation is a welcome safety net, on other occasions, it is perhaps best just to suck it up and admit you made a mistake.

    One such example where passing on the blame could prove somewhat difficult is falling asleep in the park. During certain occasions, particularly bank holidays, this is a frequent occurrence as friends gather to enjoy the extra day off work and, weather permitting, some relaxation outdoors.

    What are the main causes of slips, trips and falls in public parks?

    In busy areas, such as London, parks can attract thousands of visitors on a bank holiday. Any time so many people are gathered in one place, threats to safety are inevitable. Of course, if you are nodding off in the sun, then you are only likely to be the cause of a slip or trip accident, rather than the victim of one. However, you are also exposing yourself to numerous other threats to safety.

    The number one painful consequence of falling asleep in a park is undoubtedly sunburn. Even a snooze for just a couple of hours can lead to serious problems. Exposure to too much sun can lead to a multitude of health issues, of which sunburn is probably the least of your worries. Suffering sunstroke, or heatstroke can ruin the jovial atmosphere of a bank holiday in a matter of seconds. Symptoms to be wary of include:

    • Headaches
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Dizziness

    Any of the above can bring fun in the park to an abrupt end.

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    How can I guard against accidents in the park on a bank holiday?

    Obviously, the best answer is to stay awake. However, sometimes the urge to snooze is simply too strong to resist. In this instance, find a shaded spot and ensure you have thoroughly applied sun-cream. If you are concerned about nodding off for too long, set an alarm on your phone to wake you up at the desired time. Making sure you have enough food and water for the day is also a good idea.

    If you are injured in public in an incident that wasn’t your fault, then call Accident Advice Helpline. Our legal team can establish the strength of any injury claim you may be eligible to make.

    Date Published: July 8, 2014

    Author: Accident Advice

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