Cutting the cake, the speeches, the reception meal – wedding receptions are always good fun, not to mention the (slightly drunken) escapades on the dance floor. Whether you’re at the wedding of a close friend or celebrating a family member’s nuptials, the last thing you expect to happen is to be involved in a wedding reception accident.
“But weddings aren’t dangerous,” we can hear you say. True, but there’s still the potential for accidents to happen when you’re celebrating with lots of other people in a public space that’s been rented for the occasion. It might even be that you’re the bride or groom and a wedding reception accident has ruined your big day. We hope not, but whatever the circumstances, you could claim personal injury compensation after your accident.
What’s the worst that could happen?
The after-dinner speeches aren’t the scariest thing about some wedding receptions, believe it or not. Here at Accident Advice Helpline we have dealt with some rather unusual claims for wedding reception accidents since we were established in 2000 – here are a few examples:
- Cuts/lacerations from cutting the wedding cake (be careful!)
- Slip, trip or fall injuries, often due to spilled drinks or food
- Electrocuted by speakers or audio equipment belonging to the band
- Food poisoning
- Crush injuries or head injuries from a marquee collapsing or storm (during an outdoor wedding)
- Injuries caused by structural collapse of the wedding venue, perhaps whilst building work is going on
If you’ve been injured and somebody else is to blame – although in some instances it could be your own carelessness that’s at fault – then you’re entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
Should you claim?
It’s normal to feel a bit guilty about making a claim after being injured at your friend’s wedding reception, but in most cases the company you’re claiming against will have liability insurance in place that’s designed to pay out in the event of a situation like this. Being struck down by food poisoning isn’t your fault – it usually happens because of poor food hygiene, and the catering company could be held liable and ordered to pay you compensation. When making a claim for personal injury compensation, a three-year time limit applies, so get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 and see how we can help you claim compensation after your wedding reception accident – it’s free to call.
Date Published: September 1, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton