You may be thinking, ‘I was injured in a pantomime, can I claim?’ The answer is yes, providing that it can be proved that your accident was caused by the negligence of a third party; whether that is the producers and directors, the theatre owners, the set designers, another actor, a member of the public or anyone that can be held responsible for the situation that caused your injury. Injuries can often occur to actors and performers on stage, and under certain circumstances they can be eligible for compensation.
What if I was injured in a pantomime?
Pantomimes often involve a lot of stunt work. You may be called upon to fly like Peter Pan, suspended from high wires; or you may have to emerge through a trap door in the stage, like the genie from Aladdin. These and other examples depend on backstage expertise. Everyone from the stagehands to the designers, and those responsible for maintaining the delicate equipment, needs to do their job properly night after night in order to ensure the performers’ safety. If you have been hurt in a fall, or been hit by an object while on stage due to someone’s negligence, then you could be able to make a claim for compensation against the person or organisation responsible.
There are other circumstances in which you could claim. These might include allergic reactions to costumes or make-up if you had informed producers and costume designers of your allergies beforehand, or finding yourself unable to breathe in a costume that has been poorly designed. If another actor is careless in a stunt fight you might be able to claim compensation for very real injuries.
You do not need to be a performer to make a claim for being injured in a pantomime either; recently theatres have been warned that the traditional panto practice of throwing sweets into the audience could result in compensation claims if a child should be struck and, in the worst case, blinded by a thrown sweet.
How can I go about claiming?
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm specialising in personal injury claims, and our helpful, professional advisors will be happy to listen to any account of a pantomime injury. With a few simple questions, they should be able to tell you whether you have a claim worth pursuing. You will be under no obligation to do so, but if you do choose to go ahead they will be able to put you in touch with one of our expert lawyers, all of whom work on a strict no win, no fee* basis.
You can use the 30-second compensation calculator on Accident Advice Helpline website to get an idea of how much you could be entitled to, or call our free, 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500. Alternatively, you can text claim365 to 88010 from your mobile, or call 0333 500 0993. With Accident Advice Helpline you will find that the answer to ‘I was injured in a pantomime, can I claim?’ is ‘oh yes, you can!’