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Christmas means more people enjoying more drinks on more nights out – so venues need to ensure they’re not at fault for any customer injuries.
Any festive falling you do will hopefully be limited to soft snowdrifts or comfortable armchairs after Christmas dinner.
But if you suffer a slip, trip or fall in a pub, club or bar during this busy period and it wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation.
Apart from being turned down for a dance or a kiss under the mistletoe, there are many ways to get hurt in a bar or nightclub.
Some of the most common causes include:
Loss of balance or co-ordination while drunk
Insufficient lighting or poor visibility
Wet flooring due to spillages
Physical confrontations with door staff
Uneven or poorly maintained flooring
Falling off a defective chair
Old or chipped glassware
If you’ve suffered any of these – or even a less commonly seen injury – was it your own fault, or could the establishment have done more to keep you safe?
If you’re unsure, talk to an expert who can advise whether you have basis for a claim.
You should always speak to a specialist if you’re in any doubt over who is to blame – but there are a few pointers to be aware of, as new enquiries manager Rachel Martin explains:
‘With so many people out on Christmas dos, after work drinks or nights out in general, unfortunately you’re going to see injuries – many self-inflicted.
‘But in plenty of cases, the fault will actually lie with the premises where the injury occurred, not the person who suffered.
‘For example, it’s easy to assume someone has cut themselves on broken glass because they’ve been drinking.
‘But it may be the venue didn’t have enough staff working to get the glass cleared quickly – despite knowing they’d be busier over Christmas.
‘Or perhaps a hazard has been cleared and the area swept and mopped – but no wet floor sign has been put down, leading to a slip.
‘Anything from a lack of warning for spillages and breakages to excessive force used by bouncers could mean liability for a pub or club injury.
‘And more permanent things like insufficient lighting around stairs and balcony areas, or damaged flooring surfaces could also be serious issues.
‘Of course accidents happen at this time of year but a festive trip to A&E isn’t what anybody wants – especially through no fault of their own.
‘I’d advise anyone hurt in a pub, club or bar to think about whether they’re solely to blame – and whether they may need some professional guidance.’
Report the incident to staff and ask for it to documented in their accident book so there’s a written record that can be referred to at a later date.
If you (or a friend) can, take photos of any spilt liquids, broken glass, poorly lit stairwells – whatever has contributed to your injury.
And of course, medical attention should be sought as soon as possible if required, before you seek specialist legal help.
To discuss your tattoo claim options with a member of our specialist personal injury team, please call us on 0161 358 0800.