Accidents in beer gardens can include a wide variety of incidents, from children being injured falling off play equipment or being hit by cars after wandering into the road out of inadequately secured or supervised play areas to adults sustaining injuries by slipping or tripping; falling off or being injured by splinters on poorly maintained benches, tables or chairs, and so on.
What to do after beer garden accidents
The first thing to do after an accidental injury in a beer garden is to report or get someone else to report the incident to the landowner or manager of the pub running the beer garden and get the incident entered into the pub’s accident report book. The next step is to seek medical attention. While this may seem a little silly if the injury appears to be minor, this is important for two reasons.
- Slips, trips and falls
First of all, slip or trip injuries can turn out to be more serious than they look at first glance. What appears to be a minor ankle sprain after tripping over a step, for example, could later turn out to be a fracture that may lead to complications if not treated correctly straight away. Splinters in varying body parts may also cause serious infections if not removed and treated adequately as soon as possible.
- Personal injury compensation
Secondly, being injured in a beer garden through no fault of your own may entitle you to claim for compensation. Medical records documenting the extent of your injury, the treatments and/or medication administered, and so on will be required to support your claim. This is also why the incident must be reported and entered into the accident report book. Other evidence, such as witness statements and/or photos (such as, for example, of the slip or trip hazard responsible for the injury; the ‘offending’ piece of equipment or furniture; the sustained injury, and so on) will be of great use.
Public liability claims
You can start a personal injury claim by calling Accident Advice Helpline. The company’s advisors will start off by asking a few questions to confirm your entitlement to claim. All details provided by you will be kept confidential, and you will be under no obligation to claim. Calls to the 24/7 helpline are free, and if you do decide to claim, you will be offered the services of an experienced Accident Advice Helpline solicitor on a no win no fee* basis.