Sustaining personal injuries on premises that are either public or belong to someone other than yourself could, depending on the circumstances, entitle you to claim for compensation. Slips, trips and falls in shops, pubs or restaurants, for example, would entitle you to make a claim if it can be proven that the owner neglected their duty to protect your health and safety by not keeping flooring, stairways, paths, and so on clean, dry and free of clutter.
Drinking on a premises
There is, however, a grey area that may prevent a compensation claim from being successful even if an injury by slipping, tripping or falling was caused by a slip or trip hazard that should have been dealt with. This grey area is injuring yourself while drinking on a premises.
The grey area of injuring yourself while drinking on a premises
In such a case, a pub owner defending himself against a personal injury claim could, for instance, reason that while his failure to remove a trip hazard may have contributed to your injury, you probably would have seen this hazard and avoided sustaining an injury by tripping if you had not been drinking as much as you did.
The trouble with drinking
How alcohol affects you depends on:
- Your gender and body size
- How much food you have eaten before drinking
- Your emotional health
Naturally, how much you drink and how quickly you drink it also makes a difference. In any case, alcohol can and always will (even if only to a small extent):
- Affect your reasoning and judgement
- Slow your reactions down
- Impair your hearing and vision
- Upset your coordination and sense of balance
- Make you lose concentration
- Make you feel tired or drowsy
Basically, drinking on a premises increases your chances of sustaining an accidental injury by making you take greater risks while simultaneously diminishing your ability to spot and avoid hazards.
To claim or not to claim
This does, however, not mean that you are not entitled to claim for a slip, trip or fall injury after you have had a drink or two. If your accident was the result of negligence by the premises’ owner and you can show that you probably would have been injured even if you had been stone cold sober, there is a chance that a claim could be successful. Give us a shout on your mobile or telephone now and we will help you determine whether it is worth starting a claim or not. Our numbers for mobiles and landlines are 0333 500 0993 or 0800 689 0500 respectively.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown