For those rare occasions during the British summer when the sun comes out there is only one thing to do: head for the beer garden.
Whether it’s relaxing in the company of good friends, enjoying family time in the sunshine or simply relaxing in solitude with a good book or newspaper, whiling away the hours in a beer garden is one of life’s great simple pleasures.
Such a pleasant atmosphere can soon be destroyed in the event of a trip, fall or other public accidents.
What are the main causes of slips, trips and falls in beer gardens?
Apart from those who may have had one or two beverages too many, the most common cause of slips and falls in beer gardens is steps on the doorways leading out to the gardens.
Whilst initially a trip or fall over a doorstep can look humorous in a slapstick kind of fashion, the subsequent personal injuries are often far from amusing.
The danger of suffering serious trip and fall injuries is significantly increased if the victim is carrying drinks. The presence of even just the one glass can turn a painful and embarrassing, but in the end not that severe, trip accident into a medical emergency.
How can slips and falls in beer gardens be avoided?
As far as the customer is concerned, watching closely where you are putting your feet can go a long way to preventing slip and fall accidents.
From the pub’s side, the management have a legal obligation, under Public Liability Law, to do everything that is reasonably practicable to ensure the safety of the public when on the premises.
In the case of steps, this means that warning signs must be displayed and that the step is kept in a good, sturdy condition.
What can I do if I am injured in a beer garden accident?
Say, for example, you trip over a step and there was no warning sign in place. In this scenario, you may well be due some public accident compensation. If the accident occurred within the last three years and caused injuries that required medical attention, then get on the phone to Accident Advice Helpline.
Our expert legal team has years of experience in processing personal injury claims arising from accidents at work, on the road, public falls and incidents whilst travelling. They also work on a no-win, no-fee* basis.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice