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Five most common injuries when going to the theatre


Going to the theatre is hardly a pastime anyone would consider to be dangerous. There are, however, some risks of personal injuries even when going for an evening out at the theatre.


Common mishaps

The most common causes of theatre injuries are slips, trips and falls. Injuries by slipping, tripping or falling at the theatre commonly consist of:

  • Ankle sprains
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Knee injuries (sprains, grazes or fractures)
  • Wrist injuries (sprains, fractures)
  • Back injuries

Depending on the circumstances and location of a slip, trip or fall, head injuries of varying severity may also occur.


Potential hazards

Injuries by tripping or falling at the theatre are typically the result of unexpected steps, loose carpeting or flooring, visitors’ bags or other belongings carelessly placed into pathways and/or poor lighting. Slip injuries are often the result of spills or wet flooring due to bad weather.


Avoiding theatre mishaps

You can help to prevent theatre accidents by watching your step and reporting any trip, fall or slip hazards to theatre staff as quickly as possible. Not leaving your seat while the theatre is in darkness during a show also assists in the prevention of slip, fall or trip injuries.


When bad things happen

If you have the misfortune to sustain a fall, slip or trip injury at a theatre, you could be eligible to claim for injury compensation. Entitlement to claim depends on when the fall, slip or trip happened (claims must be initiated within 3 years of sustaining the injury) and who was responsible for it. In other words, if you were injured by a fall, trip or slip someone else caused (by negligence, poor conduct or a mistake) within the last three years, you are likely to have the right to claim for compensation.


Finding a solicitor

Claiming injury compensation necessitates enlisting the help of an experienced injury solicitor. The nationwide legal team of Accident Advice Helpline has been successfully handling public liability claims for many years. Each individual member of this team specialises in a particular type of claim (like claims for compensation for injuries by falling, slipping or tripping; car crash injuries; work injuries, etc.).


Contacting our company

On calling our freephone number on 0800 689 5659 (which is available 24/7), you will be asked to provide some details concerning your accident at the theatre to confirm your claim eligibility. A solicitor with plenty of experience in handling compensation claims like yours will then be assigned to your case on a no win no fee* basis.