A day at an air show is a spectacle to behold. Amid the dizzying manoeuvres and heart-stopping stunts, air shows are fun for all the family. But what happens if you suffer an injury at an air show? Who is liable for your injuries?
When determining liability, negligence is perhaps the single biggest factor to take into account. Negligence occurs when a person has breached their legal duty of care to another person or has caused harm to another person by acting in a way that falls short of the standard of behaviour expected of a reasonable person.
Whilst in attendance as a spectator at an air show, the organisers have a duty of care to ensure your safety and well-being. If you are injured as the result of an accident that occurred on the grounds, such as slipping, tripping or falling on an improperly maintained surface, then the event organisers would be liable for your injuries.
If the accident occurred as the result of the negligence of another spectator present, perhaps a car accident at the entrance to the show, then in this instance the organisers would not be held liable but the other motorist who was the cause of the accident.
Contributory negligence occurs when a party who has been injured has been found to be at least partially responsible for their own injuries. In this instance, blame will be apportioned according to the level of negligence by the parties involved in the accident. Many people assume that contributory negligence is an automatic bar to making a claim for compensation. This isn’t true. Even if someone has been found to be guilty of contributory negligence, they may still make a claim for compensation, however the amount awarded may be reduced to reflect the circumstances.
Making a claim for compensation
Have you been injured at a public event and someone else was to blame? You could be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. With Accident Advice Helpline you can count on the support of one of the UK’s leading law firms when it comes to personal injury compensation. We’ve been helping our clients get the compensation they deserve for over 15 years now. Contact us on 0800 689 0500 for more information on how you could make a 100% no-win-no-fee* claim for compensation.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown