Since the introduction of the smoking ban in pubs and clubs across the UK, there has been an explosion in the numbers of European-style beer gardens for smokers and others who may wish to enjoy the weather. These idyllic little enclaves can be the perfect place to relax with a refreshing beverage. However, an uneven paving slab increases the chances of suffering a nasty slip, trip or fall.
Beer garden slips and trips
A slip, trip or fall can be extremely serious and in the case of beer gardens, can be exacerbated by the consumption of alcohol. There is also a serious risk that if a person is carrying a beverage contained in a glass, the glass could shatter in the event of a slip or trip and could cause serious cuts and lacerations to the hands and face.
How do paving slabs become uneven?
Paving slabs become uneven over time if they have been laid incorrectly. Frost, extreme weather and poor foundations can be among the myriad of causes of uneven paving slabs. This is a gradual process and may go unnoticed until it’s too late when an innocent and unsuspecting member of the public suffers a nasty slip, trip or fall, causing serious injuries. If you see a paving slab that has become uneven in a beer garden, ensure that you report this promptly to the management to avoid the chances of you or another member of the public from being the victim of a trip or slip.
Accident Advice Helpline and claiming compensation
If you’ve suffered an injury as the result of slipping, tripping or falling in a beer garden within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today for more information. Our lines are open 24/7 and are staffed by friendly, professional advisors. Our years of experience in all areas of personal injury compensation has made us experts when it comes to slips, trips and falls. All of our claims are made on a 100 per cent no-win-no-fee* basis so you won’t be out of pocket should your claim for compensation be unsuccessful.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice