Going to the cinema is something most of us love to do. Watching the latest blockbusters or arthouse films on a huge, HD screen, with some snacks – what’s not to love? But one thing most of us don’t think about when we go to the cinema is our personal safety. We’re too focused on having fun with our friends, buying tickets and deciding whether we’re in the mood for sweet or salty popcorn (or a combination). There are hazards at the cinema that could cause a serious accident though, and if you’ve tripped on a cinema hazard, you might be left wondering if you’re to blame for your accident, or if somebody else could be held liable.
What hazards lurk at the cinema?
The most obvious hazard lurking at the cinema are the steps in the screen. Damaged steps or loose/frayed carpet could easily lead to a trip and fall, with serious consequences. Other hazards include:
- Loose tiles or flooring
- Frayed/damaged carpet
- Rubbish left lying around, such as empty drinks cups or popcorn tubs
If you’ve tripped on a cinema hazard, the cinema owners could be held responsible for your injuries. That’s because it’s up to them to ensure the cinema is a safe place for members of the public to visit. You may have been lucky enough to escape with cuts and bruises or a sprained wrist, but if you have fallen down a flight of stairs or taken a serious tumble, you could be looking at more severe injuries which could mean taking time off work. If this happens to you, your finances will probably be affected and you’ll suffer loss of earnings. Which is why you should find out if you’re eligible to make a personal injury claim within three years of your accident.
Are my injuries severe enough?
If you’ve tripped on a cinema hazard, don’t waste time wondering if your injuries are severe enough. Despite what you might have heard, you don’t need to have suffered a life-changing head injury or eye injury after your accident to be eligible to claim personal injury compensation. Get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out if you have a viable claim – you could even take the 30-second test on our website right now, to see how much compensation you could receive if your claim is successful. It’s free to call us and our phone line is open 24/7.
Date Published: June 19, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton