Visiting the zoo or any other visitor attraction should be a fun day out and usually this kind of treat passes without incident. If you are visiting somewhere for the day, you do need to bear a few sensible guidelines in mind before setting out to enjoy the visit and to make sure you get back in one piece. One very important thing to do is to wear suitable footwear. Even though the paths are (hopefully) well maintained, sometimes zoos have steps and grassed areas which can be slippery. Good treads on the soles of your shoes are essential, especially if you may be carrying a child in your arms.
Watch the animals – and for slip and trip hazards
Other sensible planning includes carrying a rucksack rather than a bag in your hand. This will mean you are balanced and less likely to trip or slip. A word of caution to backpack wearers – be careful what’s behind you. Many people are injured every year by being knocked over or cut by buckles and straps of a backpack which is suddenly swung by its wearer. The perhaps most obvious advice for zoo visitors is to watch the signs. ‘Do not feed the animals’ is there for a reason – animals are dangerous in some cases and it is foolish to forget this.
I slipped and fell on a visit to the zoo. Do I have a claim?
Slips and trips account for most accidents in the UK every year, and many are preventable. If you think that your fall was the fault of someone else – either by inadequate warning signs, failure to mop up a spill, or lack of reasonable maintenance – you may well have a valid claim. Ring our experts at Accident Advice Helpline to see if you can claim against the owners of the zoo. We work on a no win no fee* basis and are here to help 24/7 so you have nothing to lose.
Ask yourself these questions first
There are a few basic requirements you need to meet before lodging a successful claim and they are listed below. If you can say ‘yes’ to every statement, then you will almost certainly be eligible for some compensation. Amounts vary according to the severity of the injury.
- The injury was not your fault.
- You needed medical attention, which you sought at the time or as soon as practical thereafter.
- The accident was in the last three years.
Date Published: April 6, 2014
Author: David Brown