An injury in a shisha bar can happen in several ways. The nature of these premises is that the clientele are smoking from Turkish-style water pipes. Because these devices rely on smouldering charcoal is an obvious fire risk. The décor often makes use of draped curtains aimed at simulating the environment of a similar establishment in North Africa or the Middle East. These materials tend to be highly inflammable, and if they are placed near the flames, there are obvious risks. If they are not secured properly, then the situation is an accident waiting to happen.
Not every patron of a shisha bar will be familiar with the fire safety regulations. If a fire was to start, the natural human reaction will be panic. But depending on how busy the bar is at the time, there can be dangers of injuries sustained while crowds of people are attempting to vacate a building at the same time. In situations like this, people can easily trip over. When this happens in enclosed areas, there can be a domino effect. People crashing to the ground will be more exposed to any potentially dangerous fumes.
What are some of the long-term effects?
The type of injury in a shisha bar will vary considerably, but it’s fair to say that many will be fire-related. In any enclosed space where people are smoking from devices heated by hot charcoals, there is potential for fire. Where these flames are near other inflammable objects, such as furniture, customers should be wary of falling victim.
Burns are a particularly insidious injury, often instigating months of skin grafting or plastic surgery. Smoke inhalation causes bigger problems than flames in any conflagration, and can lead to longer-term respiratory problems.
No-obligation advice would benefit you
If you have been unfortunate enough to suffer an injury such as this, you may well have wondered whether or not there may be any likelihood of recompense. Provided the incident occurred in the past three years, and you have good reason to believe that someone else was negligent, you should approach Accident Advice Helpline.
We can offer you a team of professional compensation claims lawyers, who will assess your situation and advise accordingly. To get in touch, use our free number – 0800 689 0500. Also go to our website and try it out the 30-second claim calculator.
Date Published: April 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen
Category: Accident in a bar