A trip to the theatre to see a play, a film or a performance is a treat and usually an enjoyable experience for those who go. However, if you or someone you are attending with is injured in a fall it can ruin the trip and you may end up in hospital with serious injuries – not something anyone expects when they visit the theatre.
Falls in theatres
Generally to have a fall in a theatre is not that common, but it does and can happen especially if the theatre is in bad condition or health and safety guidelines are not being considered. The state of theatres can vary greatly, from a brand new modern building to an old period building that has been there for hundreds of years. With all theatres however, it is vital that the building is in a fit state for the visitors that come to use it, whatever its age. The dark nature of the theatre can also be a problem for people who need to move around while the lights are dimmed.
It is even more important that the carpets are fixed down properly, floorboards are not protruding and that generally there are no hazards that could cause a fall in a theatre. If these are ignored and you are injured you may be able to claim compensation and Accident Advice Helpline can help you to do just that.
Maintenance of theatres
Even the oldest of buildings should be in a good enough state for visitors to be used as a theatre. The management of the theatre will need to ensure that there are regular checks and that anything unsafe such as broken chairs, loose carpets or flooring, or uneven and protruding materials are taken care of. Older buildings can also sometimes require some adjustment as they may not meet the higher safety standards we have now compared to when it was built. Sometimes areas with low ceilings or high steps can be a hazard and these should at least be signed to warn visitors of their presence.
If you experience a fall in a theatre you can contact Accident Advice Helpline to discuss your injuries with one of our accident and injury experts. We offer free, no-obligation advice and once you decide to make a claim our no win, no fee policy means there are no upfront costs. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to see how we can help you.
Date Published: November 30, 2015
Author: Sarah Douglas