Pub Accident Compensation

While most people will go home with happy memories of a good night out at the pub, others won't be so lucky. Accidents in pubs happen and the injuries that can be claimed for range from a simple cut to something potentially life threatening.
 

Pubs have a duty of care

All businesses have a duty of care to both their employees and their customers. This simply means that they have to do all they can to ensure the safety of anyone on their premises at all times. Pub owners have to take extra care because they serve alchohol which can increase the risk of an accident. There are Health and Safety Guidelines in place which all companies have to follow and these cover all aspects of the business from handling stock to customer care. Some of the steps a pub or club might take are:
 
  • Clearing up any spilled drinks as soon as possible to prevent someone from slipping. Any broken glass should be cleared immediately
  • Maintaining all electrical equipment to prevent any form of electric shock or a potential fire, all lights should be in good working order and electric cables should all be neatly tucked out of the way to prevent tripping 
  • If the pub is dark, safety lighting should be fitted and should be working at all times. Stairs should always be well lit.

In 2012, a survey of 1400 pubs showed that pub slips, trips and falls has decreased by 5% from the previous year, which shows that safety is being taken seriously. Unfortunately, during busy periods, accidents in pubs can still happen. 

Recent Pub Accident Compensation Claims 

What to do if you are injured

If you are injured in a pub and you feel you were not to blame, then you may be able to claim pub accident compensation. This sum of money will not only compensate you for any pain or distress you may suffer, but can also cover any out-of-pocket expenses you may incur as a direct result of your injury. This can include the cost of prescriptions if you need painkillers to loss-of-earnings if you need to take any time off work to recover.

Evidence

If you are not too severely injured, use your phone to take some photographs at the scene of the accident. These can sometimes show what it was that caused it. Ask anyone who witnessed the accident if they would be prepared to make a statement of what they saw, and get their contact details. If you're with a group of friends, they may be able to do this for you.
 
All pubs should have an accident report book, and this should always be completed no matter how minor your injury may seem. This is a good record of your accident. It might seem like a lot of hassle, but making an accident report will not only provide useful information for your pub accident compensation claim, but it can also provide the owner with vital feedback about their safety procedures.
 

What to do next

Depending on how badly you are injured, you may need immediate medical treatment. Injuries to the head, for example, can often be ignored but these also have the potential to be the most serious. If you feel dizzy or light-headed, it's always best to get yourself to a doctor as soon as you can. 
 
Any injury should always be checked over by a doctor. Sometimes a relatively minor bruise can be hiding something more serious. A proper medical assessment will give you peace of mind about your injury.
 
If you do want to find out about pub accident compensation get the right advice and contact Your Personal Injury Partner today. 

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