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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

    Five far-fetched but possible cinema accidents


    Movie-goers rarely experience cinema accidents that go beyond slips, trips and falls. There may just be other dangers lurking in the darkness.

    Potential cinema accidents

    1. 3D Movies: It appears that 3D films have the potential to leave watchers disoriented due to their vision requiring time to re-adjust to normal vision. Some viewers reported discomfort, pain in the temples and even black-outs after wearing the necessary glasses to fully enjoy such movies. Disorientation and black-outs could easily lead to injuries by tripping or falling.
    2. Testing gravity: The movie Gravity, from Alfonso Cuarón, could have inspired cinema visitors to test gravity during film showings by dropping objects. Depending on the weight of objects and the height from which they were dropped, fellow movie enthusiasts seated below could have sustained potentially serious injuries by falling objects.
    3. Getting trapped: Cinemas tend to feature collapsible seating. Mechanical failure of such seats could result in injuries by trapping limbs or even ‘swallowing up’ an entire, small, person.
    4. Smoking: In spite of the fact that it is now illegal to smoke in cinemas, someone somewhere may decide to smoke at the back of the cinema. If this person also happens to find the film showing extremely boring and subsequently falls asleep, this could result in a cinema fire, potentially injuring hundreds of people.
    5. Sounds: The sound levels during film showings are typically high. An explosion on screen, sudden piercing screams or sirens and similar noises could result in members of the public suffering inner or middle ear injuries causing noise-induced hearing loss.

    The reality

    While these examples of possible cinema accidents are somewhat far-fetched, there is a chance of similar incidents actually happening.

    Thankfully, such incidents are few and far in between. Most injuries at cinemas are caused by slipping, tripping or falling down stairs in the dark. Slip injuries tend to be most common in cinema foyers, where flooring may be wet due to spills or water carried in by visitors during wet weather. Loose carpet edges; unexpected steps at the end of walkways or ramps and carelessly deposited belongings are common culprits in tripping accidents.

    Claiming for cinema-related injuries

    If you were injured due to a slip, trip or fall, you could be entitled to claim for slip or trip injury compensation. Discover more about claiming for compensation on Accident Advice Helpline’s website.

    Alternatively, speak to one of our advisers on 0800 689 0500 for advice tailored to your case. Calls are free and confidential.

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    Date Published: March 2, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

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