Going to the football is as strong an English tradition as watching the national team crash out of an international tournament on penalties or, as was the case last year, even more humiliating fashion.
However, it should be hoped and expected that the wrong result is the only sour memory spectators at football matches will take away from the game. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
The big matches see thousands upon thousands of people descend on the same area, swarming the stadium concourses and surrounding areas. This can make for a health and safety nightmare if proper precautions aren’t taken. Getting injured outside a football stadium is a sure-fire way of spoiling the day.
How might I get injured outside a football stadium?
There are a number of hazards and potential risks to health and safety outside football stadiums. The most common include:
- Trip and fall hazards: Pot holes in the roads, dropped or raised bits of pavement, stray wires from TV trucks or catering stalls… the list of potential causes of trips and falls outside football stadiums is virtually endless. The sheer volume of people only increases the likelihood of accidents occurring as these hazards are significantly harder to sport in a crowd.
- Slip hazards: Whether it’s pre-existing puddles or slippery bits of pavement from wet and rainy conditions – this is Britain after all – or a spilt drink, it’s all too easy to suffer a slip outside a football ground and get injured as a result.
- Fights: Much has been done to eradicate the hooligan problems that plagued football in the United Kingdom throughout the 80s in particular. However, it’s an unfortunate fact that an element of trouble remains. 99% of the time, matches pass without significant incidents. The problem is that 1% is all it takes for a nasty injury.
What can I do if I get injured outside a football stadium?
The first step is to make sure that you are OK and seek medical attention if required. It’s worth remembering that if you are injured outside a football stadium or inside, you may well be owed injury compensation. If the accident was demonstrably the fault of someone else, or the result of negligence, then Accident Advice Helpline can help get you the compensation you deserve.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 if calling from your mobile. You can also take a 30-second online test to determine your claim’s eligibility.
Date Published: February 23, 2017
Author: Accident Advice