A horrific accident at the Soho Theatre left a stage manager paralysed back in June 2012. The theatre injury occurred when Rachael Presdee fell through an unprotected opening whilst adjusting lights. She fell more than three metres and was hospitalised for six months after the theatre injury, which has left her unable to walk or work.
Soho Theatre Company was prosecuted by Westminster City Council for ‘serious safety failings’ after an investigation took place. The theatre pleaded guilty to a breach of section three of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and for several other failings. The case was later referred to Southwark Crown Court due to its seriousness and the Soho Theatre faces an unlimited fine. The fine will be based on the seriousness of the offence as well as the organisation’s financial means.
If you have been injured whilst working at a theatre or visiting a theatre to see a show, you could claim compensation for your injuries. Theatre owners and managers have a responsibility to ensure the premises and equipment used are fit for purpose and safe, and if an accident occurs, they could be held liable.
Claiming compensation for an accident at work
If you have been involved in an accident whilst working at a theatre, either on-stage or behind the scenes, you might be wondering whether you can claim compensation. The good news is that if somebody else’s negligence has led to your accident, you should be able to make a claim. Your employer has a duty to protect you whilst you’re at work – this includes ensuring the premises and any equipment are safe to use. If they fail to do so, you could make a claim. When working out how much compensation you’ll receive, a judge will look at your pain and suffering, any loss of earnings, and any future care costs for medical treatment needed as a result of your injuries.
Call Accident Advice Helpline today
Pick up the phone and call Accident Advice Helpline right now if you have been injured in an accident at work. We are open 24/7 and it’s free to call our helpline, and with 14 years’ experience in the personal injury industry, we’re just the people to help you with your claim for compensation. However you have been injured whilst working in the theatre, our team of professional personal injury lawyers is here to help. We’ve helped hundreds of customers just like you get the compensation they deserve, and you can call us for confidential, no-obligation advice day or night, so what are you waiting for?
Date Published: October 30, 2014
Author: David Brown