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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Beer garden accidents: splintered or rotten benches


    There is nothing quite as pleasant and relaxing as sitting in a beer garden on a warm summer evening and enjoying a drink with friends or family. Often offering gorgeous views and play areas for children, beer gardens can unfortunately be the scenes of accidents.

    Beer garden accidents

    Often consisting of wood, beer garden benches, chairs and tables can begin to rot and/or splinter if not maintained properly. Unsuspecting patrons choosing to sit on such furniture items could easily be injured by falling off them or getting splinters in one of their limbs or their back. Depending on the age and general health of the affected patron and the position of rotten benches, injuries by falling in this manner could range from minor abrasions, cuts, bruises and splinters to broken arms, back and head injuries.

    Slips, trips and falls

    Landlords operating beer gardens have a legal duty to regularly check and maintain all of their equipment, including benches and other beer garden furniture, play equipment and so on. Doing this is particularly important in spring, when checking for damage caused by winter weather may ultimately assist in preventing personal injuries. Pub owners are also required to ensure that injuries by slipping, tripping or falling are prevented.

    Public liability claims

    If you were injured in a beer garden because the landlord failed to comply with regulations and benches or other furniture were allowed to rot and splinter, you may be entitled to claim compensation. This also applies if your injury was the result of pub management failing to ensure that floors are kept clean, dry and clear of trip hazards.

    Claiming compensation

    When considering whether or not to make a compensation claim, it is a good idea to first of all get in touch with an experienced Accident Advice Helpline advisor. Highly trained and extremely helpful, our advice line staff members can quickly assess whether you really are entitled to claim for compensation and how likely it is that your claim will be successful. The helpline is available 24/7, calls are free and conversations are confidential.

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    Following this initial assessment, you will be given the opportunity to hire one of our legal team’s compensation solicitors. While there is no obligation to do this, it is certainly recommended. We have been successfully securing personal injury compensation for people from all walks of life over the years. Call us today on 0800 689 0500.

    Date Published: July 8, 2014

    Author: Accident Advice

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