Pub or Bar Accident Claims
Have You Or A Loved One Been Injured In A Pub Or Bar Accident In The Past Three Years? You May Be Entitled To Financial Compensation.
Numerous types of accidents can occur in pub or bar. Pub or bar accidents involving both employees and guests can happen at any given moment, and depending on the nature and severity of the accident, the injuries suffered in a pub or bar accident can cause lifelong damage to the victim.
Types Of Pub Or Bar Accident Claims
Slip and Fall Accidents In Pubs Or Bars
Slip and fall accidents are one of the main causes of pub or bar accident claims. Our personal injury solicitors deal with all kinds of accidents occurring in pub, club, restaurant and bar environments. Pub or bar customers and employees are injured every day by slip and fall accidents, falling items, and obstacles in the path, and the likelihood of an accident happen only increases due to the presence of alcohol. Slip and fall accidents in a pub or bar can be caused by uneven flooring and fraying carpets or mats, slippery or sticky floors, unmaintained sidewalks, poor lighting as well as other hazards or obstacles that can easily lead to slip and fall accidents. If a pub has a kitchen, this can also be a dangerous place where employees could suffer a slip and fall accident, as there are various hot surfaces, sharp tools and heavy objects that could aggravate the situation and make the accident worse. As bar staff serve customers, there is an additional high risk of customer and employees suffering injuries as a result of spilled food and drinks.
Food Poisoning In Pubs Or Bars
Customers can easily be affected by illnesses connected with food. Foodborne illnesses are actually very common in pub or bar accident claims and the catchall phrase “food poisoning” usually groups together the various illnesses caused by different kinds of bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Foodborne illnesses can be transmitted to customers because of improper food handling, undercooked meat, contaminated food, raw food being served such as seafood, eggs, and meats, poor hand-washing or hygiene measures in place, and transmission to customers because of staff who are ill,.
Burn Injury Claims
If your waiter or waitress tells you to be cautious because the plate or apparatus is hot, you should heed their warning. Pub or bar food is usually served extremely hot- i.e. as it comes out of the oven. Often this also means that the plate that the food is served on will be extremely hot, as it is usually kept hot in the kitchen before the plates come to your table. Extremely hot food or coffee can give both customers and pub and bar third-degree burns to their skin within seconds. Even lower temperature burns are quite painful.
Broken Teeth Claims In Pubs Or Bars
If you break a tooth because of a piece of glass, plastic or other item in your food, or if you fell in the pub or bar and broke or chipped your tooth upon landing, this is not only embarrassing but it is extremely painful and can result in permanent scars and defects.
Sharp objects on the floor can easily cause individuals injury. If a customer wears thin sandals or thin-soled shoes in the pub or bar, and in some instances walks barefoot into the pub or bar, and they stand on something sharp, this can leave them with puncture wounds. If there is broken glass left on the floor of the pub or bar which is not cleaned up quickly, this can also easily result in injury. Examples of objects that cause harm in this manner include exposed screws, splintered wood, and broken glass. Puncture wounds can lead to tetanus, bacterial infections, and scarring.
Preventing Pub Or Bar Accidents
Owners of a pub or bar have a duty to the public and to employees, to take necessary steps to prevent pub or bar accidents from happening. The legal responsibility for pub or bar accidents usually rests on the owners because in the eyes of the law, the owner has failed to adhere to its duty of care. Food and drink spills that are left on the ground, or broken carpets and bad lighting can easily cause tripping and falling accidents to customers and staff, so it will be essential that pub or bar staff erect a caution sign and remove the potential hazard, or fix the broken carpet and flooring, before anyone is harmed. Generally the pub or bar floor areas should be clean, clutter-free and have no objects blocking the way for staff or in accordance with emergency exit access. Owners should take extra care if their pub or bar has carpets or mats, as these may serve as a hazard for employees and customers alike.
Dark Lighting In Pubs And Bars Causes Accidents
Often the lighting in pub or bars is very dim, so as to create an ambience for the customers. This dim lighting does however increase the risk of accidents. When the lighting in an area is insufficient, pub or bar accidents can easily result such as trips and falls down stairs, people walking into a harmful object in the pub, or employees running into a harmful object or falling down on uneven steps as they rush about their daily activities. Pub or bar owners should consider high risk areas and explore additional lighting options to help prevent pub or bar accident claims. As far as pub or bars with restaurants, chefs should be properly trained and vetted to ensure that they know the health and safety regulations well and abide by the regulations generally in the kitchen. All food should be handled, stored, prepared and cooked in accordance with the regulations to avoid any food poisoning accidents. Many instances of food poisoning could be avoided with proper preparation and cooking times. Lastly, chefs, cleaners and waiters and waitresses could easily cut themselves on knives or other sharp implements in the kitchen, and proper caution and safety measures should be put in place to securely store and keep sharp tools and implements.
Hazards In Pubs And Bars Are Common
In summary, management, staff and customers should always be cautious when working or relaxing in a pub or bar. In an environment where alcohol is present, accidents can happen easily and it may be more difficult to manage in these instances. Where any potential hazard is present, management should ensure that strict guidelines are followed to prevent accidents from occurring. Safety measures should be followed at all times, and staff should be attentive and observant to avoid injury to themselves and others.
What Information Will I Need For My Pub Or Bar Accident Claims?
If you have been involved in any accident, our team knows and appreciates that this is a difficult and often stressful time. Often money is the last thing on your mind. It is important to do whatever you can to collect evidence and any necessary information about the pub or bar accident, which could help to formulate your future pub or bar accident claim.
Call For Help
If you are injured in a pub or bar accident, you should immediately call for help. There is no need to feel embarrassed about the accident and you should definitely not leave the pub without reporting what happened. If you are not able to call the manager of the pub or bar, ask someone that is with you to do so, or if you are alone, ask another customer to call staff or a manager for help. It is crucial that the manager knows about your pub or bar accident and understands that you have been injured, and how. If your pub or bar accident is serious, you should seek urgent medical assistance. When you are able to, you or a friend or partner should follow up and ensure that the accident was reported properly and ask for a copy of the report in question. If you leave the pub or bar before reporting your injury, it may be difficult to prove at a later stage that the injury occurred at the pub or bar and if it did, when and how it occurred.
Report The Accident To The Bar or Pub Manager / Owner
As an example, if you are involved in a pub or bar accident whereby you step on a piece of glass that is on the floor, and this glass then punctures your foot, you need to report it immediately. If you leave without informing the manager and reporting the accident, then at a later stage should you decide to return and report your injury, it’s likely the glass will be gone by then and no one may believe that you suffered the injury at the pub or bar.
Take Witness Details Down
If you are able to, take down the details for any witnesses who saw your pub or bar accident happen, as this could make or break your pub or bar accident claim. You could ask the person to write down what they saw, sign and date that statement, or you could ask for permission to contact them at a later stage.
Take Pictures and Videos To Support Your Pub Or Bar Accident Claims
Photographs, video, and audio footage can be very useful pieces of evidence when it comes to formulating a claim. If you are able to, use your phone to take photos of the cause of your injury and the injury itself. Take full notes where possible and make sure to keep all necessary paperwork for making your claim. As soon as you can, write down or set out in an email confirming the details of your pub or bar accident, to write in your own words what happened in the pub or bar accident that lead up to your injury. Make sure to keep note of the names and contact information for the different people involved.
Keep Your Medical Records
Arguably the most important detail and records that you should keep track of is related to your medical records. Without medical records for your injury or illness caused by the pub or bar accident, you won’t have a strong claim. These medical records will be used to quantify the value of your claim. Make sure to ask for copies of your medical records and receipts of expenses, as these will be included a part of your special damages claim.
Our Pub and Bar Accident Claims Solicitors Offer Free Advice
Contact Free Legal Justice at any time of day, on any day of the week, by filling out the short online form and waiting for us to call you back for free, or by calling one of our friendly accident claims handlers on 0800 567 7074. If you would like to discuss your case from the comfort of your own home, please request a complimentary home visit from one of our friendly claim handlers, so that together we can make your claim as soon as possible.
How Do You Make Pub Or Bar Accident Claims?
The first thing to do if you think you have the right to make a pub or bar accident claim is to get in touch with a legal professional from Free Legal Justice. We will provide you with free legal advice in a no-obligations discussion once you share the details of your claim. To fully advise you on the merits of your pub or bar accident claim, Free Legal Justice will need as much information as possible about the pub or bar accident.
You should keep all information and documentation at hand ready for your free consultation with one of our accident claims experts, including details such as:
- How, where and why the pub or bar accident happened;
- the name and details of those involved;
- nature of the injuries suffered or damage caused as a result of the accident;
- details of any medical reports; and
- Names of any witnesses to the accident
As a standard part of the personal injury claims process, our team may send you for an independent medical inspection, where a medical officer will conduct a full assessment and write a report based on the injuries you have suffered. This medical report will be used in support of your pub or bar accident claim and will help to value the amount of compensation that you are entitled to. Once you have agreed to work with us on your pub or bar accident claim, Free Legal Justice will do all the hard work for you and you can relax knowing that a dedicated team is working around the clock to get you the justice you deserve.
What If I Am Injured In A Pub Or Bar Accident While At Work?
Being involved in any form of accident at work is a very serious matter. At Free Legal Justice, we understand that any accident, whether minor or serious, is a stressful and traumatic experience for all parties involved. We are here to help you get through this upsetting time, to help you on the journey to recovery and ultimately get you the justice you deserve. When dealing with pub or bar accident claims, it is important that the right procedures are followed and that proper steps are taken to deal with the incident.
I was an Employee and got injury at work – can I claim compensation?
All employers have a duty of care to provide a safe work environment, to avoid or reduce the risk of accidents. Employers are also responsible for providing adequate health and safety training to their staff, maintaining safe working conditions and work processes, keeping equipment in safe working order, and providing sufficient personal protective equipment. Health and Safety laws can become complex and are steadily changing across all industries. Your accident at work case will often be based on the fact that your employer has been negligent in that they have failed to adhere to the health and safety standards that are set out in statute and regulations. For this reason, it is important to make your claim against your employer with the help of an expert in accident at work claims.
You Have A Legal Right To Claim
You need not feel awkward or shy about making an accident at work claim against your employer at the pub or bar. If you have suffered injuries at work as a result of someone’s negligence or actions, you should contact a legal professional immediately to discuss your potential accident at work claim. Not only do physical injuries affect your health and personal life, they also have a financial impact on your life which could extend to your family and friends. Your entire world can change from one terrible event. Free Legal Justice is here to help you through this difficult time.
Special Damages For Pub Accident Claims
If you are concerned about the financial implications that a compensation claim may have on your employer or about the status of your employment relationship if you do proceed with a claim against your company, you need not stress any longer. All employers in England and Wales must hold valid employer’s liability insurance. If you institute a work accident claim against your employer, the insurance company deals with everything and will pay any associated costs – including your compensation settlement. Every employer is legally required to take out this employers’ liability insurance, to make sure that they have the financial means to pay compensation for any accidents at work that result in illness or injury of an employee, without it affecting the firm financially.
Your Allowed To Claim And Get Justice!
At the end of the day, you have the right to claim compensation for your injuries, and you have a fundamental right to receive justice for the harm caused to you. Do not feel guilty about using your basic human rights! Our experienced accident at work claims team has dealt with these often sensitive situations many times before- they are extremely common. If you have any concerns or questions about making an accident at work claim, Free Legal Justice will be happy to provide the necessary support and discuss your options with you in a free consultation.
We Pub Accident Claims Solicitors Will Listen To You
During the process of setting out your claim and preparing your case, your personal injury solicitor may ask that you to share any evidence that you have collected from the scene of the accident with us. This evidence will be used in support of your accident at work claim, and may include:
- Details of any witnesses and any witness statements drawn up;
- details of the safety measures, policies and processes in place at your work;
- details of safety training and first aid equipment at work;
- Photographs of the accident scene;
- Photographs of your injuries;
- A copy of the official accident report book wherein you reported your accident at work as soon as it happened
- Details of medical appointments that you have attended to diagnose or treat your injuries
- Details and receipts of any medication that a doctor has prescribed to treat your injuries
What Are The Time Periods For Making Pub Or Bar Accident Claims?
Generally, you will need to make your pub or bar accident claim within three years of the date of the incident, or of the date that you became aware of your injuries. There are certain exceptions on these time periods, for example you may be allowed a longer time period if you are claiming on behalf of a child or protected person. Similarly, if the accident was the result of criminal activity, time limits may vary.
how long do pub or bar accident claims take to settle?
Every accident in a pub or bar is unique, and so too is the compensation claim process that follows. Certain pub or bar accident claims settle in a matter of months, while others are more intricate and will take longer to achieve a result. The length of time to resolve a case will depend on the facts specific to the case and the actions taken by both parties to progress the matter. Our experienced accident claims solicitors have handled many pub or bar accident claims in their legal careers, and will be able to give you good idea of how long your claim is likely to take once they have assessed the facts.
Some Pub Or Bar Claims Take Longer To Settle
In general, the length of time it takes for your case to complete will depend on how complicated the facts of the accident are, and how quickly the parties decide to approach and progress the case to closure or settlement. Pub or bar accident claims can become more complicated if the injuries suffered are extremely serious, or if there is a dispute over the material facts, as this may make it more difficult to prove legal responsibility for the injuries.
No matter what caused pub or bar accident, or who you think was responsible for causing the accident, it is important that you speak to a legal professional from Free Legal Justice as soon as possible to determine whether you have a valid pub or bar accident claim. Our experienced accident claims team handle every claim through a fast-track assessment and allocation process; so that we can help our clients get the compensation they deserve as soon as possible.
How Much Compensation Can I Get In A Pub Or Bar Accident Claim?
The amount of compensation that you might receive in a pub or bar claim can vary considerably depending on the nature and severity of the personal injuries you have suffered in the accident that occurred. Whether you think your injuries are rather slight or extremely serious, Free Legal Justice has a panel of specialists who are experienced in claiming for everything from minor to severe injuries. Our injury claims solicitors will be able to assess the value of your pub or bar accident claim once we have received the details of what happened in the incident, who got hurt, and how they got hurt.
Medical Bills You Can Claim For Following Your Pub Accident
As a victim of an accident where another person is legally to blame for your injuries, you may be entitled to a compensation claim for the costs of any medical bills, loss of income due to your injuries, as well as the cost of repairs for damages caused to any of your possessions. There are many components that can form part of your pub or bar accident claim, and the total amount will calculated by looking at the seriousness of the injuries, together with the overall impact of the injuries on your life.
A pub or bar accident claim includes a calculation of general and special damages. General damages can be described as compensation for personal injuries, while special damages are compensation for all the out of pocket expenses incurred by the victim of a pub or bar accident. One of our injury claims experts will explain to you in detail what you can include as general and special damages should you decide to proceed with a pub or bar accident claim.
General Damages In Pub Or Bar Accident Claims
The general damages portion of your pub or bar accident claim will be calculated by comparing the official Judicial Board Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases against the full medical report compiled by an independent doctor. This is a guideline which sets out how much victims of accidents can be claim as general damages for different levels of injury. The final amount of compensation will be dependent on factors such as how serious the injury was, complicating factors surrounding the injury, as well as the length of the recovery period.
There are many types of personal injuries that can be included in pub or bar accident claims. As with any personal injury claim, the amount of compensation that an individual can claim will differ from one pub or bar accident claim to the next, so it is never entirely possible to calculate 100% accurately what the claim is worth in advance. That being said, there are certain suggested brackets of compensation set out for the different levels of injury suffered in personal injury claims, which will assist in an early assessment of your claim. These amounts are set out by the Judiciary Study Board and will be used by Free Legal Justice to quantify your pub or bar claim. Speak to a legal professional from Free Legal Justice today to get a better idea of the value of your pub or bar accident claim.
Special Damages In Pub Or Bar Accident Claims
To make a claim for special damages, you will be required to submit proof of those additional expenses or costs incurred as a result of the injuries that you have suffered in the pub or bar accident. This includes any out of the ordinary expenses that you have already incurred, as well as those that you will incur in the future as a result of your injuries. Special damages which are sometimes included in pub or bar accident claims include:
- Damage to your possessions;
- Prescription medication costs;
- Medical care, including physiotherapy & rehabilitation costs;
- Travel expenses, including travel to medical appointments and parking costs;
- Loss of past and future earnings, which is directly related to the incident and injury;
- Any loss of job opportunities, promotions, bonuses or pensions directly related to the injury; and
- Costs relating to the adaptation of your home, necessary to be able to live with your injuries.
what are the costs in making pub or bar accident injury claims?
Free Legal Justice offers all our clients with valid accident claims the option of a No Win No Fee agreement. Under a No Win No Fee agreement, if your case is unsuccessful, you won’t have to pay a thing to Free Legal Justice for the work that the team has done to make your pub or bar accident claim. For many clients, this means that they will have full access to the justice they deserve, and a fair chance to make a claim for rightful compensation, without any financial risk.
By working with Free Legal Justice on a No Win No Fee compensation claim, we promise that:
- You will receive free legal assistance from one of our expert advisors as to how best to proceed with your pub or bar accident claim;
- A member of the Free Legal Justice Team will be available to speak to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to help you with any questions that you might have regarding your claim;
- If you are unsuccessful in your claim, we will not charge you any legal fees for the work that we have done on your case;
- You won’t pay a thing from your own pocket;
- We will help you to recover the maximum amount of compensation in the shortest possible time; and
- We will manage your case efficiently, keep you updated on its progress, and will try to make the entire compensation claim process as stress-free as possible for you.
Contact Our Pub Or Bar Accident Claims Solicitors Today
Get in touch with Free Legal Justice as soon as possible by filling out the online form and waiting for us to call you back for free, or by calling us on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317. Our claims team is available to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and are happy to answer any questions you might have about your potential pub or bar accident claim, without any cost or obligation on your part.
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