The theatre is somewhere we go to see the latest shows – musicals, pantomimes, concerts and ballet – so it’s certainly not somewhere you would expect to be injured in an accident. However accidents in theatres do happen, as the collapse of part of the roof at the Apollo Theatre in London in December 2013 shows. In this incident, 76 people were injured, with seven of those suffering serious injuries. It just goes to show that theatre accidents have the potential to happen anywhere at any time.
Those who own theatres, as well as management staff, have a responsibility to ensure that the premises and any equipment accessible to the public is safe to use. For example, they should ensure that toilets are well-maintained, that seats are checked and not broken and that guard rails on balconies are secure. They should also ensure the building is in a good state of repair, to avoid accidents like the one at the Apollo Theatre from injuring anyone else.
If you’ve been injured in a theatre whilst seeing a show and you believe negligence is to blame, you might be able to make a claim for compensation – you’ll need to contact a personal injury lawyer for advice.
What injuries have you sustained?
An accident at the theatre could leave you seriously injured or suffering from minor injuries. Here are just a few examples of the type of injury you could sustain:
- Broken bones or cuts and bruises from a slip, trip or fall
- Bruises or cuts from falling off a broken or faulty seat
- Fall from height due to a faulty guard rail
- Electric shock from a hand dryer
- Head injury caused by objects falling from height, for example from the balcony
- Injured by building collapse
No matter how minor or how serious your injuries, if they have been caused by somebody else’s negligence, you could make a claim for compensation, and there’s usually a three year time limit in place in which to do so.
Claiming compensation for theatre injuries
Contact Accident Advice Helpline today if you have been injured in a theatre. We’re here to offer confidential advice, however you have been injured, and there is no obligation to proceed with a claim. Because we are backed by our patron, UK consumer champion and TV personality Esther Rantzen, you know you can expect a friendly, professional service from our team of personal injury lawyers, and you’ll be pleased to hear we work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, so there are no upfront fees to worry about. Call our freephone helpline today and see how we can help you.
Date Published: October 30, 2014
Author: David Brown