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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Most common accidents at the zoo


    The zoo is a great place to spend a day out with friends and family. In the vast majority of cases, you can take a walk around, watch the animals in action, and create wonderful memories without having to worry about accidents at the zoo. However, whenever you’re out and about, there may be a risk of unexpected injuries. You may be eligible to claim personal injury compensation for accidents at the zoo or, if your injury took place in another public setting.

    The most common accidents at the zoo

    It’s very rare for accidents at the zoo to involve the animals. There have been cases where animals have escaped from their enclosures, but these are isolated incidents. Accidents like slips, trips and falls are much more common. Zoos tend to occupy expansive, open areas, and pathways can get damp and slippery, especially in the winter months. People leaving litter and bags lying around can also create slip and trip hazards. If you visit a café at the zoo, there may also be a risk of slipping on a wet floor if a drink has been spilt, for example.

    Zoos have strict health and safety guidelines in place to protect the public. Some of the animals are very dangerous, and for this reason, visitors are advised to avoid putting their fingers through the wires or trying to feed or stroke the animals. If you get injured at the zoo as a result of going against safety advice, you won’t be able to claim compensation.

    Can I claim for a zoo accident?

    In order to claim compensation for an accident in a public place like the zoo, you need to be able to prove that you were not at fault for the incident. If you tripped on a paving stone which was broken and there were no warning signs around, you may be able to claim public liability compensation. If you slipped because you weren’t looking where you were going, you would be liable for the accident, rather than the company that manages the zoo.

    Whether you’re thinking about claiming compensation for a slip, trip or fall or if you’d like to find out more about claiming for a public place accident, call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone. We have more than 15 years of experience in handling personal injury claims, so you’ll be in safe hands.

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    Date Published: March 6, 2017

    Author: Accident Advice

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