Accidents in pubs can and will happen. Here are some of the most common pub accidents you are likely to encounter which can cause injuries.
Most common pub accidents
By far the most common pub accidents are slips, trips and falls. Injuries by trips, slips or falls are typically caused by:
- Loose, uneven or cluttered flooring
- Damaged, cluttered or poorly lit stairways
- Potholes, broken kerbs or litter on pathways or car parks
- Wet or greasy flooring
Occasionally, children are injured by falling off outdoor play equipment or by damaged equipment. Splinters on poorly maintained outdoor benches and tables also sometimes cause personal injuries.
Other pub accidents
Injuries by scalding hot beverages or food occur less frequent but happen often enough to warrant a mention here. These injuries are usually caused by hot food or drinks being spilt or dropped. Then, of course, there are food poisoning outbreaks, which are frequently caused by poor hygiene or inadequate food storage.
Owners and managers of pubs have a legal duty of care to prevent patrons from being injured. This includes preventing pub accidents by:
- Maintaining interior and exterior flooring and equipment in good, safe conditions
- Ensuring flooring is kept dry, clean and clutter-free
- Ensuring stairways and passages are adequately lit
- Adhering to strict food hygiene and storage regulations
If you were injured in a pub because the owner/manager was in breach of this duty, you may qualify for injury compensation.
When to claim
You can make a claim for compensation if you sustained an injury by slipping, tripping or falling or any other kind of accident in a pub within the past three years and someone else was responsible for your accident.
Why you should claim
Many people refrain from making personal injury claims because they worry about the financial implications of making a claim or because they believe their injury was not serious enough to warrant a claim. We do, however, recommend claiming. First, because a claim may prompt an investigation into why and how your accident could happen. This, in turn, could help to prevent future, potentially more serious, injuries to others.
Secondly, if you choose to claim with the help of Accident Advice Helpline solicitors, your claim will be processed on a no-win, no-fee* basis. This means you do not have to worry about the cost of claiming, as any legal and other fees will be covered by a percentage of your compensation on the successful conclusion of the claim process. Call 0800 689 0500 (UK landlines) or 0333 500 0993 (mobiles) now to learn more.
Date Published: March 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice