Getting injured whilst watching horse racing can ruin what should be a memorable and enjoyable day out. You should, hopefully, be celebrating a big win. At the very least, you should be able to have a great day out with good friends.
Therefore, it’s both important and reassuring to remember that if you are injured whilst watching horse racing, you may be owed compensation.
How can I claim if I am injured whilst watching horse racing?
If your case meets certain criteria, then you may be eligible to claim for compensation. The three pillars of compensation claims are:
- The accident must have occurred within the last three years.
- The accident was the fault of someone else or caused by negligence.
- Injuries suffered were caused by the accident in question. This needs to be confirmed by a medical professional.
So, how can these factors be met with regards to accidents at the horse racing? It’s all down to liability. Like all sports venues, the owners and management of horse racing arenas have a responsibility towards the safety of their visitors.
This duty of care is a legal obligation. It means both ensuring that the venue is safe to start with and that new hazards are minimised and eliminated as they arrive.
Common examples of existing safety features to already have in place before anyone sets foot in a horse racing venue include:
- Clearly marked exit signs
- Mind your head/mind the step signs highlighting low ceilings and areas of raised pavement
- Ensuring the venue is able to cope comfortably with the number of people expected to attend. This includes turnstiles, seating areas and toilet facilities
Of course, sometime hazards will appear throughout the day. The most typical examples of this include:
- Liquid spills. From spilt drinks to damaged plumbing, there are a number of potential causes of slip hazards at horse racing venues
- Spectator behaviour
- Various other security concerns
What can I do if I am injured whilst watching horse racing?
Once you have had your injuries assessed and treated by a medical professional, it’s important to think about compensation. If the venue management has neglected to take the necessary steps to ensure the safety of visitors, you may have a case.
Call our expert advisors at Accident Advice Helpline today for more information. Call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.
Date Published: April 18, 2017
Author: Accident Advice