A recent bowling accident case was of a man at a bowling alley in a hotel in Turkey who slipped on an oily substance and fell into the splits position, tearing his left hamstring. He then had to enquire, “Can I claim for a bowling accident?” The fact of the matter is that a personal injury claim was viable, because the hotel staff or tour operator staff should have cleaned up the oily substance before it became a danger to customers. Alternatively, if they were aware of it then it should have been clearly signposted as a hazardous area. Though the hotel was in Turkey it transpired that the tour operator, rather than the hotel, was to be held accountable for the accident because they were UK based. The injured man was covered as a UK consumer by the Travel Package Holidays and Package Tour Regulations 1992.
Causes of injuries
A member of the public using a bowling alley should feel secure in the knowledge that they can enjoy the activity without fear of injury. One of the most common accidents in bowling alleys is a slip, trip or fall. This is usually attributed to two causes; it may be a wet floor, or the bowling shoes that bowling alleys provide do not fit properly or are in a poor state of repair. If the shoes feel uncomfortably big or are too small then the customer should request a better fitting pair.
For more information about what to do should a person have an accident in a bowling alley, Accident Advice Helpline can be contacted via our 24/7 helpline. This service is available any time of night or day and will help to answer any questions regarding a personal injury claim. Our specialist law team will offer representation on a no win, no fee* basis in order to help the victim to recover their rightful compensation.
A bowling alley in the UK is required by law to have public liability insurance, meaning that anybody who is injured on the premises through no fault of their own is fully entitled to make a personal injury claim. Many bowling alleys have an area where there are arcade machines, ball pools and other activities aimed at children and teenagers. These areas should also be safe to use. The ball pool should be surrounded by a net to stop balls and children falling out. If a person is injured and suspects that correct safety measures are not in place, contact Accident Advice Helpline for more information. If the victim wants to know approximately how much money they would be entitled to should they file a claim for compensation, there is a short form on the website that once submitted will be dealt with by our team who will quickly respond.