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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Potential accident claims for people on a first date


    Few occasions in life are as racked with nervous tension and a desire to not embarrass yourself as a first date. If ever there was a time to avoid a public trip or fall, this is it. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to help stack the odds in your favour.

    Avoiding first date slips, trips and falls – the location

    The first step is to choose somewhere where the chances of suffering a public accident are minimal. Sometimes, the anxiety of the first date experience can make areas previously thought of as secure become a minefield riddled with potential slips and falls.

    The line between safe and boring is a fine one to tread but an important one to get right. The difficulty with heading to a quiet spot is that, should disaster strike and you suffer an accident in public, it may be some time until help can arrive.

    If you are heading out for a bite to eat or a drink, then choose a restaurant or bar that is well lit and with clear display signs. Unmarked steps or uneven ground hidden by gloomy lighting can cause dangerous public falls and serious personal injuries.

    Avoid tripping up on a first date: attire

    Whatever you choose to do, it is important to wear suitable attire for the occasion. Whilst dressing to impress is important; it shouldn’t come at the expense of your own safety.

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    Appropriate footwear can go a long way to keeping you safe on your travels and can be particularly helpful in avoiding public slips and trips in adverse weather conditions, such as heavy rain or snow.

    Avoiding first date slip-ups: time

    No matter what your plans are, leave plenty of time to spare. A first date that goes well after a late arrival is an extremely rare occurrence. Not only that, but people in a rush are significantly more likely to cause problems, be it a road traffic accident or public trip, for themselves and others. Allowing plenty of time takes the pressure off and eliminates the need to hurry or take risks.

    Should you suffer a trip or fall in a public place, then you may well be due some public accident compensation. A call to Accident Advice Helpline’s freephone service on 0800 689 0500 can establish the strength and validity of your claim.

    Date Published: January 5, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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