You’re limbering up to hit a strike, preparing to impress your friends and looking forward to celebrating like a champion when all the pins hit the floor, but what happens when a trip to the bowling alley ends in disaster?
From slips, trips and falls to burns, here are five far-fetched, but entirely possible bowling accidents to try and avoid at the lanes:
- Slipping and sliding: Everyone knows that bowling lanes are slippery, but it can be easy to forget this when you’re focusing on the middle pin and desperately trying to floor all ten for a strike. Take extra care when you are releasing the ball and remember to stay behind the foul line. Always wear bowling shoes and ensure that you get the right size to reduce the risk of a public place slip.
- Getting your finger stuck: Bowling balls have different sized finger holes to cater for adults and children, so look out for the size before you try and fit your fingers in holes that are far too small. The last thing you want is to have a heavy bowling ball dangling off your fingers or pulling them when you try and let go of the ball at speed.
- Burns and scalds: You may not associate bowling with burns, but if you’re eager to indulge in a half-time snack of nachos, burgers, pizza or any other hot foods or drinks to keep your energy levels up, there is a risk of burning. Look out for warning signs and take your time.
- Facial injuries: It may seem unlikely, but there is a risk of facial injuries resulting from standing too close to the machine, which holds the balls. Balls pop up at speed and if you’re peering in, you may end up with a bumped nose or a chipped tooth. Stand well back to prevent suffering a public place injury.
- Bruising: If you fall foul of a wayward shot, you may end up with bruising, so ensure you stay well clear of the bowler and away from the foul line. Balls can fly off at any angle so keep your distance.
What is public liability compensation?
When you go to a bowling alley, or any other public place, you have a right to feel safe and all owners should take the necessary steps to reduce the risk of public place accidents.
If you suffer an injury in a public place and you are not to blame, you could claim public liability compensation. You will need to prove that you were not at fault by providing evidence and the incident must have occurred within the last three years.
If you think you may have a case for public place injury compensation, call Accident Advice Helpline’s Freephone number on 0800 689 0500 to speak with one of our professional, friendly advisers.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice