While we all know that slips, trips and falls can cause some serious personal injuries, every once in a while health and safety regulations take things just a little too far, enforcing unnecessary precautions on harmless activities.
Frankly, slipping on grass at the Murray Mound might well qualify as just a little over-cautious.
The big Wimbledon Murray Mound let-down
Many sport fans across the globe regard Wimbledon as the sport that marks the start of summer. A celebration of quintessential Britain – vibrant sporting atmosphere, strawberries and cream, and rain, of course – it goes without saying the Britons are proud of this annual event.
Although not all fans were lucky enough in the 2011 season to head to Wimbledon and watch Murray live, the green of Henman Hill was considered a popular spot for enthusiasts to catch the games on a communal big screen.
Despite the turnout, on Monday 20 June 2011, fans were turned away from Murray Mound due to bad weather conditions. Unbelievably, the rain had caused the grass to become slippy, as in all previous years, and health and safety ended the screening as the surroundings could cause public accidents.
The Murray Mound closure is often regarded as a ridiculous adoption of health and safety measures. Yet with so many accidents in public places occurring, has Britain gone barmy, or are we just covering our own backs?
Injuries at a sporting event
If you have been injured at a sporting event, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation. Whether in a stadium, grounds, or indoor arena, owners of public places have a legal responsibility to ensure your health and safety while you are on site.
When this legal requirement is not met, and you can prove that you are not accountable for the injury you sustained, Accident Advice Helpline can work with you on a no-win, no-fee* basis to process your claim.
In most cases, the accident must have occurred in the last three years and you should be able to provide pictorial evidence to support your claim, as well as witness accounts.
To check your eligibility, speak with a member of Accident Advice Helpline’s team on 0800 689 0500 who will assess the basics of your case and advise if your claim is worth pursuing, with no obligation to continue with legal proceedings.
Date Published: December 11, 2013
Author: David Brown