Cafes are the perfect places for many things; from first dates or catching up with friends to enjoying a good book or simply watching the world go by, they offer the perfect venue for both socialisation and solitude.
They also present numerous dangers in terms of slips, trips and falls, the consequences of which can often seem to be much more severe than the public accident itself. A vast number of accidents in cafes are caused by poor lighting. There is a point when setting the mood becomes a flagrant health and safety risk.
What kinds of accidents in cafes occur because of poor lighting?
Accidents in cafes because of poor lighting are both varied and numerous. The most obvious, and arguably the most painful, are slips, trips and falls. Quite simply, if an area is too dark then you cannot always see where you are going. As a result, you could stumble over a chair or table leg, or fail to spot a step.
Alternatively, you could mistake one order for another. Whilst on the surface this might not seem that big of a deal, consider how differently you carry something you know to be hot, compared to something you think is cold. Scalds and burns can occur very easily, and are just two examples of public accident injuries that can occur due to poor lighting in cafes.
Furthermore, there is the problem of staff mixing up food or drink orders. Again, this may initially not seem that serious, but it can actually be the difference between a nice little trip out and a serious visit to hospital for someone with allergies.
Who is responsible for the lighting in a cafe?
The overall safety of the environment is the responsibility of the owners. Whether the establishment is a small private business or one of a chain of stores, customers are owed a duty of care in terms of ensuring the setting is both safe and enjoyable. This responsibility is rooted in laws pertaining to public liability, and as a result those who suffer accidents in public places because of health and safety negligence may well be due compensation.
Those who think they may have an accident claim to make can seek guidance from Accident Advice Helpline, a law firm with years of experience in dealing with personal injury claims. A call to our freephone advice line on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile can get you started.