When you attend an event such as a concert, a conference or a sporting event, the thing that’s first and foremost on your mind is having a good time. Most of us don’t stop to think about our personal safety or the dangers of events, and for the most part you should be safe at any event you attend – you’re relying on the event organisers to keep you safe. Being injured is generally the last thing on your mind, but accidents can and do happen, and they could result in serious injuries that could impact the rest of your life.
If you’ve been injured during an event, then you may wish to speak to a personal injury lawyer about event claims. Making a claim for your injury can help you to claim back for any costs which have been incurred as a result of your injury and which may have had an impact on your life. Provided you can prove that the injuries suffered were caused by someone else, you should have a strong case for a claim.
About event claims
Each year thousands of people miss out on claiming compensation they rightly deserve following an accident. At Accident Advice Helpline we provide easy to access claims services to make sure that faultless victims of accidents can make compensation claims easily and hassle free, providing peace of mind that your claim is being handled carefully by professionals. There is a three-year time limit in place to make a personal injury claim, and many people don’t realise this. If you wait around for too long, you could miss out on the opportunity to claim the compensation you are entitled to after your accident.
There has been talk in recent years of ‘compensation culture’ but the fact of the matter is that you are entitled to personal injury compensation if you have been injured as a result of somebody else’s negligence – so you shouldn’t let negative opinions about this put you off making a claim. You don’t need to be seriously injured in order to be eligible to claim personal injury compensation either. It’s possible to claim for minor injuries such as whiplash or even a sprained ankle, provided your injuries needed medical attention after your accident.
What types of accidents could lead to event claims?
Examples of accidents at events include tripping over loose cabling, slips due to water spillages, trampling and stamping as a result of poor crowd control as well as other kinds of accidents. You could suffer food poisoning after eating food purchased at an event or be injured by faulty seats – for example sharp edges could cause lacerations. You could suffer an injury in the venue’s toilets – for example you could trip on damaged flooring or sustain burns from water that is too hot coming out of the taps.
Event claims for minor or serious injuries
Injuries that could be sustained from an event accident can vary and may include breaks and fractures, cuts, head injuries and more – with more serious injuries requiring a long period of recovery. Generally speaking, the more serious your injuries – and the greater their impact on your life – the more compensation you could be entitled to claim. But you can still make a claim for minor injuries. Many of the claims we have dealt with since we opened our doors in 2000 relate to minor injuries sustained at events, such as a sprained ankle after a slip or trip or a fractured wrist. The only thing you must remember is that you must have received medical attention for your injuries in order to be eligible to make event claims for personal injury compensation.
Responsibility for safety at events
In most situations, it is the organiser who is responsible for the safe running of events. To help with staying safe at events, organisers should ensure that all the right health and safety precautions are taken, as well as making sure that any electrical equipment, plumbing and other elements are all thoroughly checked. Any failure to do so could mean that the organiser is liable to pay compensation for any injuries caused as a result. It’s important that the building is checked to ensure it is safe for members of the public too – this includes things like checking that flooring is safe, checking seating is not damaged and so on. Organisers of events also have a responsibility to ensure that venue capacity is not exceeded – if too many people are allowed into an event then this could easily result in accidents and injuries.
How to make an event claim
If you’re looking at how to make an event claim, the first step is to speak to a personal injury lawyer who will be able to determine whether or not you are eligible and advise you on how to proceed. If your accident occurred within the last three years and you have evidence to show it was someone else’s fault, it’s likely that you’ll be able to proceed. It is also important that you gather medical proof of your injuries from a doctor as this will be necessary for processing your claim.
The cost of making a claim shouldn’t be a concern when you begin the claims process. With Accident Advice Helpline’s no-win, no-fee policy, you can feel assured when making your claim that you won’t be charged fees by us if your claim is unsuccessful. The cost of making event claims should not be a reason to stop you from claiming the compensation you deserve. Remember that as well as being eligible to claim compensation for your pain and suffering, you could also be compensated for your financial losses, such as the cost of travelling to and from medical appointments, or prescription medication costs – and any loss of earnings you have suffered due to taking time off work after your accident.
Find out everything you need to know about making accident claims by calling our team free today on 0800 689 0500 (landline) or 0333 500 0993 (mobile).
Date Published: 27th July 2016
Author: Lynne Bell