An injured barmaid has been granted a four-figure compensation payment after suffering a work-related accident. Chelsea Neave had been transferring dishes from a dishwasher to the bar in Dundee’s Déjà Vu nightclub when she slipped on a puddle. It was claimed that this was a result of water that had leaked from the dishwasher. When Ms Neave lost her footing, she suffered a nasty fall, twisting her right knee and rupturing ligaments. As a result of the incident, she was unable to work again for some time and her movement was restricted.
During the court case that followed Ms Neave’s claim for a compensation award, her solicitors pointed out that although nightclubs could be high pressure environments where there was a constant stream of behind-the-bar activity, there was no reason for employee safety to ever be compromised. It was ruled that items within the dishwasher should always be completely dried prior to their removal from the machine. In addition, the floor surface around the bar area should have been coated with a substance that would absorb spillages, rather than allow pools of water or other liquids to accumulate.
How common are injured barmaid incidents?
Bar staff working in busy city centre environments have to cope with a variety of pressures. At peak times, their services may be in high demand. In these situations, it is not always possible to pay close attention to health and safety issues. It is very easy for accidents to happen during the hustle and bustle of peak periods. This is especially the case in nightclubs, where there are added factors such as intermittent bright lighting and customers who may have been drinking for hours beforehand.
How to get the compensation ball rolling
If you have suffered injuries during your role as a barmaid, you may be considering how to claim compensation. The good news we have for you is that this process is actually very straightforward. All you have to do is dial 0800 689 0500, which will put you in touch with an advisor from Accident Advice Helpline. When we receive your initial query, your details will be studied by our team of professional compensation claims experts. They will assess the background to your situation and advise you as to whether or not your circumstances would qualify for a no win no fee* compensation claim.
Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown