Whether you’re a fan of old-school Star Trek or are more into the X-Files, sci-fi conventions are a great way to meet the stars of your favourite films and TV shows, pick up memorabilia and even dress up as your favourite characters.
Most sci-fi conventions are held in large venues such as exhibition and conference centres, and tickets often sell out months in advance, so make sure you get yours in time.
Whilst most sci-fi conventions run smoothly, there is the possibility of suffering a sci-fi convention injury if you are involved in an accident. Since Accident Advice Helpline opened in 2000, we have helped many customers claim personal injury compensation after being involved in an accident, and our personal injury lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee basis. So even if you blew the budget on that convention ticket, you can still afford to make a claim if you’ve been injured.
What sort of accidents happen at sci-fi conventions?
It might seem unlikely that dressing up as Dr Spock is going to cause an accident, but bear with us – you might be surprise at the types of accident which could cause a sci-fi convention injury. Here are a few we have handled claims for in the past:
- Injuries caused by stalls/stands and display equipment, such as a faulty sign falling on somebody
- Food poisoning from eating at outlets on site
- Slip, trip or fall, usually on damaged flooring or a food/drink spillage
- Assaulted by another member of the public
- Injuries caused by memorabilia – for example cutting yourself on a broken mug
- Electrocuted by speakers or other electrical equipment
- Fainting/heat exhaustion which could cause you to pass out in a crowd and fall, injuring yourself
Long queues to get into conventions often mean that fans are queuing for hours, in costume, in hot conditions, and it’s not uncommon for people to pass out from sun exposure or heat stroke. You could injure yourself when you fall to the ground and may need medical treatment.
Should you make a claim?
If your accident has been caused by somebody else – for example if you’ve eaten a hot dog at a food stall and suffered food poisoning – you could make a claim for personal injury compensation. We believe you deserve to be compensated if somebody else is to blame for your accident.
So give Accident Advice Helpline a call on 0800 689 0500 and find out how we can help you claim personal injury compensation. It’s free to call and our expert personal injury advisors offer confidential, no-obligation advice.
Date Published: September 1, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton