Pub chain the Slug and Lettuce has been fined over £33,000 after a pub fall in which a two-year-old girl fell six feet through a staircase balustrade. The pub fall, which was caught on CCTV, showed the girl tumbling through the balustrade into the basement at the Hanover Street branch in London.
The girl was taken to hospital but luckily was not seriously injured. An investigation into the accident by Westminster Council discovered the balustrade gap was a violation of building regulations – no assessment of the risk to children had occurred. The pub chain pleaded guilty to breaching the Management of Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and Safety at Work Act 1974 earlier this month. It was ordered to pay £25,000 to Westminster Court for costs, a victim surcharge of £400 and an £8,000 fine.
Pubs and other establishments have a duty of care to provide a safe environment for their customers and if they fail to do so, they could be held liable for injuries sustained as a result of their negligence. So if you’ve been injured at a pub, restaurant or other establishment, get in touch with a personal injury lawyer to find out if you could claim compensation.
Claiming compensation for a slip, trip or fall
If you have suffered a slip, trip or fall in a public place, it’s important to establish the cause of your accident. For example, you’re unlikely to be able to claim compensation if your accident was caused by you wearing high-heeled shoes that were difficult to walk in! However, if you slipped on a wet floor or tripped over a hazard, that’s a different matter. There’s a three year time limit in place to make a claim, so get in touch with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident – of course, if a family member or child has been injured, you could claim on their behalf.
Is claiming the right next step?
We believe that if you’ve been injured, you have a right to claim compensation – that’s if your injury was caused by somebody else’s negligence of course. Call Accident Advice Helpline today and find out whether you have a viable claim; we’ll normally be able to tell you within 30 seconds. It’s free to call and our team can offer confidential, no-obligation advice on your situation, answering any questions you may have about the claims process. If you decide that claiming is the right next step to take, our 100% no win, no fee* service means there are no legal fees to worry about upfront. Pick up the phone and get in touch with us today – it’s free to call and we are open 24/7.