Hitting the nightclubs with your friends on a Saturday night is a sure sign it’s the end of the working week. Few of us ever stop to think about the dangers of nightclubs, as we’re too busy having a good time – but they do exist, and you could be injured in an accident that was caused by somebody else. We’re here to share a few of the top dangers of nightclubs – so you know what to look out for.
Slips, trips and falls
- Slipping on a wet floor. Slips, trips and falls are a common accident in nightclubs, where there could be a wet floor from spilt drinks, or damaged flooring. It’s often too dark to see properly, so you’re less likely to notice these hazards, and you could break your ankle or bump your head, suffering a head injury when you fall.
- Lacerations. Broken glass that has not been cleaned up properly (for example, from a glass or bottle) could cause lacerations if you slip and land on it, or lean on it accidentally on the bar. Staff should always ensure glass is cleaned up promptly to prevent accidents.
- Injured during an emergency. If a fire breaks out or there is another emergency in a nightclub, people may rush for the exits and you could be crushed in the stampede. This is more likely to happen where the nightclub is over capacity. You could suffer serious injuries such as concussion or even a brain injury if you are knocked to the ground and trampled on.
- Injured by damaged furniture. You could suffer lacerations from damaged chairs or a table, or even a back or neck injury if you fall off a broken chair or bar stool in a nightclub.
- Hit by falling objects. Falling disco balls, lights or sound equipment in a nightclub could hit you, causing serious head, neck, back or shoulder injuries, crush injuries or broken bones.
Holding the right person responsible for your accident
The dangers of nightclubs don’t necessarily make them a dangerous place to be – it’s up to the management to ensure that risk assessments are carried out and that the risk of accidents occurring is reduced. But if you have been injured in a nightclub and you believe more could have been done to prevent your accident from happening, you could claim personal injury compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 and find out if you’re eligible to make a claim, within three years of your accident. Our expert advisors are waiting to take your call.