Some time in April 2013, a sign displayed in a fish and chip shop caused nationwide consternation by declaring that health and safety regulations forbade the presence of children under the age of three years on the shop’s premises.
Parents everywhere agreed that while preventing accidents in public places is important, this seemed to be a case of health and safety gone mad.
According to the Health & Safety Executive (Case 153; http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2013/case153-fish-chip.htm), it appears that the owner of the shop somewhat over-reacted to what is actually an easy-to-control risk of claims against personal injuries.
Calling this case a matter of using health and safety as an excuse for banning children, the panel reviewing this case decided that a note asking parents to control their children while in the restaurant or on the premises would have been far more sensible.
Accidents in restaurants, shops and other public places can and will happen. More often than not caused by slips, falls and trips, rather than the presence of children. Such accidents can lead to a variety of more or less serious injuries.
Should you have suffered an injury by slipping, falling or tripping within the last 36 months, it is possible that you are entitled to initiate a personal injury claim against the responsible company, public authority, or individual.
Entitlement to make a claim for injury compensation can be established easily by consulting Accident Advice Helpline’s compensation calculator. Located on this law firms website, this calculator is frequently also described as a ’30-second test’, as it literally takes only seconds to determine your claim potential. Alternatively, you can discuss your case with a friendly adviser on the 24/7 Freephone helpline.
Making personal injury claims
Once your eligibility to claim for compensation has been determined, one of the firm’s lawyers will work in close co-operation with you to ensure you receive suitable compensation.
Working on a 100% conditional fee agreement (no win no fee), this professional may be able to conduct most of your case via the telephone.
Depending on the circumstances, there is a good chance that you may not even have to go to court. As cases vary significantly, it is, however, not possible to predict exactly how long a case will take to settle or how much compensation you will ultimately receive.
Date Published: November 20, 2013
Author: David Brown