There’s nothing quite like a day at the cricket. Whether you prefer the tranquil experience of sitting in the sun with some good food, listening to the rhythmic sounds of willow on leather, or prefer something altogether more raucous with England’s barmy army and the infamous beer snakes, cricket is the sport of choice for thousands upon thousands of spectators.
Whatever your spectating style, one thing is for certain, getting injured in a cricket venue is a sure-fire way to put a dampener on proceedings and spoil the occasion.
Can I make an injury claim if I’m injured in a cricket venue?
Like all public places, cricket venue owners and operators have a responsibility and duty of care towards the people who visit the premises.
This not only means ensuring that all aspects of the venue are safe and in good working order, but also that any hazards and other potential dangers to safety are spotted early and dealt with efficiently.
Classic examples of measures in place to prevent people getting injured in a cricket venue include:
- Signs indicating stairs or a drop in the pavement level
- “Mind your head” signs at low level ceilings etc
- Yellow paint along stairways
- Banisters alongside stairs
When it comes to dealing with hazards and risks to health as they occur, a classic example would be liquid spills. Say, for instance, a water pipe bursts or a toilet overflows. Staff would be expected to lay out warning signs and, if necessary, cordon the area off until the hazard has been safety and completely dealt with.
Of course, there is only so much the owners of cricket venues and other public spaces can do to try and ensure safety for visitors. It’s a fact of life that accidents can, and do, happen, so just because you’re injured in a cricket venue doesn’t mean you’re automatically entitled to make a personal injury claim.
However, if the accident was demonstrably the fault of someone else, or caused by negligence, e.g. no warning signs surrounding a spill, then you probably have a case.
Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline’s unique 30-second test will give you a quick answer regarding your eligibility to make a claim. From there you can call our experts for a no-obligation chat 24 hours a day, seven days a week. So call us on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993. Our lawyers have years of experience in sports injury claims and will work for you.