Accident In A Public Bar Claims Guide – How To Claim Compensation For A Personal Injury In A Public Bar

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Accident In Public Bar Injury Claim

Accident In Public Bar Injury Claim

On this web page, you will read a guide to making a compensation claim for an accident in a public bar. The guide is aimed at people who are considering using a No Win No Fee claims service, to have their claim processed. It contains the kind of information that you will need, to begin to understand how best to approach your own claim. It provides examples of different types of claims, and also explains legal concepts such as eligibility and liability.

If you need to talk to somebody to get some advice, or to have questions answered that are not covered by this guide, you could speak to one of  our advertisement sponsors the ProLawyers.co.uk claims team on 0800 408 7848. They will be able to assist you further.

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A Guide On How To Claim For An Accident In A Pub

First of all, for this guide to be of real value to you, then you will need to be ready to begin making your claim within the personal injury claims time limit. This time limit is three years in general, but it can be different in certain circumstances. We recommend you talk to a personal injury solicitor to find out exactly which time limit is applicable in your own case.

This guide will give information on how to sue a bar for negligence, and how to engage a personal injury lawyer to process your claim for you. The guide begins by covering several legal and financial aspects of a claim. This includes a table listing potential compensation ranges for many different injuries, as well as a list of some of the kinds of damages that your settlement could be made up of. We also take a look at what a bar accident is, and also the duty of care that the operator of a bar, pub or nightclub owes to its patrons, members of the public and workforce.

The middle part of this guide is made up of sperate sections each cover an example of the kind of claims that a person may need to make. Each section gives the risk and hazards that could lead to such a claim, etc.

In the final part of this guide, we give some advice on how best to start your claim. We also explain how a claims service works, and why this kind of service offering can be a financially risk-free way for you to get the compensation you are eligible for, in a simple way.

What Is An Accident In A Public Bar?

If you are injured in a pub, for any reason that is the fault of the bar owner, landlord, manager or member of staff, then it could be possible for a personal injury solicitor to process a pub injury claim for you. However, it must be proven that the accident was at least partially the fault of one of the aforementioned parties, in order for you to be eligible to make a claim. To demonstrate this, take a look at the two examples below:

  1. A patron of a pub slips on spilt food or drink on the pub floor, and this results in an injury.
  2. A patron of a pub trips over their own briefcase, handbag, etc. and this results in an injury.

In the first example, the spillage should have been cleaned up or marked as a hazard until it had been cleaned up, so the pub or its representatives are clearly at fault here, and it could be possible to make a claim. In the second example, the injured party caused their own accident, by placing their bag in a place that caused a trip hazard, and the pub or its staff are not responsible.

In some cases, the pub might have been partially responsible for an accident. This third example shows this quite clearly:

  1. A patron of a pub, is forced to place their bag in a hazardous place, due to spilt food or drink on the pub floor. The patron subsequently trips over their own bag, resulting in an injury.

Here, the pub is partially to blame. The legal teams that are representing both parties, would negotiate a reduced level of liability, as a percentage, which would drive the amount of compensation paid.

Personal Injury Claims Calculator For Accidents In A Public Bar

You may be able to find a personal injury claims calculator online, that could give you a rough estimation of how much you could possibly claim in compensation. You can also look up your injury in the table below, to find out the potential range of compensation available.

What Injury?How Severe?Potential CompensationNotes
Injured handMinor up to seriousUp to £54,264Injuries will range from burns and scales, bruising caused by blunt trauma, and cuts, lacerations, etc. caused by sharp objects, through all forms of bone fractures and STI, to paralysis or complete loss of a hand.
Injured wristMinor up to severeUp to £52,464Injuries will range from burns lacerations, cuts and other skin damage caused by sharp surfaces, as well as bruises, burns, etc. through soft tissue damage such as strains and sprains, as well as fractures of all kinds, to some level of loss of function of the wrist.
Injured armModerate up to severeUp to £114,694Injuries will range from skin damage of all kinds (lacerations, cuts, burns, bruises, grazes, scrapes, etc.) through all types of bone fractures, as well as soft tissue damage, to either full or partial amputation or loss of function of the arm.
Injured fingerMinor up to severeUp to £21,904Injuries will range from damaged skin such as burns, scaled, grazes, scrapes, cuts, etc. through fractured bones, dislocations and STI, to complete loss of one or more fingers.
Injured thumbMinor up to severeUp to £48,004Injuries will range from damaged skin such as burns, scaled, grazes, scrapes, cuts, etc. through fractured bones, dislocations and STI, to complete loss of one or both thumbs.
Injured backMinor up to severeUp to £141,134Injuries will range from skin damage including cuts, scrapes, burns, bruising to the back, etc. through soft tissue injuries such as sprains and strains, as well as damage to the vertebrae of the back, to some level of paralysis.
Injured neckMinor up to severeUp to £130,044Injuries will range from skin damage including cuts, scrapes, burns, bruising to the neck, etc. through soft tissue injuries such as sprains and strains, as well as damage to the vertebrae of the neck, to some level of paralysis.
Injured toeModerate up to severeUp to £49,104Injuries will range from damaged skin such as burns, scaled, grazes, scrapes, cuts, etc. through fractured bones, dislocations and STI, to complete loss of one or more toes.
Injured ankleMinor up to severeUp to £61,104Injuries will range from burns lacerations, cuts and other skin damage caused by sharp surfaces, as well as bruises, burns, etc. through soft tissue damage such as strains and sprains, as well as fractures of all kinds, to some level of loss of function of the ankle.
Injured footMinor up to very severeUp to £96,104Injuries will range from burns and scales, bruising caused by blunt trauma, and cuts, lacerations, etc. caused by sharp objects, through all forms of bone fractures and STI, to paralysis or complete loss of a foot.
Injured legMinor up to severeUp to £119,204Injuries will range from skin damage of all kinds (lacerations, cuts, burns, bruises, grazes, scrapes, etc.) through all types of bone fractures, as well as soft tissue damage, to either full or partial amputation or loss of function of the leg.

A much better way to get an accurate estimate of the level of compensation you could claim, is to speak to a solicitor that specialises in injury claims.

After An Accident At A Public Bar, What Financial Losses Could I Claim For?

When a solicitor is successful in processing claims for accidents in a public place such as pub, bar or nightclub, the settlement the claimant receives could be made up of damages such as:

  • General damages (these compensate for injuries and other forms of harm):
    • General pain and suffering.
    • Long-term or permanent disability.
    • Psychological damage.
    • Mental trauma, shock and stress.
    • Painful treatment and recovery.
  • Special damages (these compensate for ad-hoc and financial losses):
    • The cost of home care or home help.
    • Loss of wages or salary.
    • Loss of future work prospects.
    • Private medical fees.
    • Travel tickets and related expenses.

We recommend that you speak to a solicitor, to find out what kinds of damages you could possibly claim for your own public bar accident.

What Duty Of Care Does The Pub Have To Prevent Accidents?

Every pub, club and bar, must comply with general legislation such as the Occupiers Liability Act 1984, and also all applicable Health & Safety regulations related to the hospitality sector. The business must also have adequate public liability insurance. So, to answer the question, can you sue a bar for injury? the answer is yes, if the bar has failed to comply with regulations relating to safety, and this resulted in an injury to a patron.

Furthermore, there are some very specific laws that apply to nightclubs, pubs and bars. For example, in 2003, a law was introduced, that made selling alcohol to people who are already intoxicated illegal. In theory, if a bar served alcohol to a person who was already intoxicated, and this led to an accident, the bar could be liable.

Accidents In A Public Bar Caused By Negligence

It could be possible to make public accident claims, when negligence on the part of a pub owner or its staff, results in a bar accident. Negligence could be deemed to have occurred, when due diligence is not given to all aspects of Health & Safety, or when Health & Safety is approached in a careless manner, and this results in an injury to a patron, member of staff, or a member of the public. The same holds true for a nightclub accident, if negligence occurs, causing harm to a person visiting or working in the nightclub, a reason to make a claim could exist.

Accidents And Injuries Working In A Pub

A pub accident can affect employees, not just customers. The pub owner or operator is legally obliged to comply with all workplace safety regulations, at all times. If there is a failure in this compliance, the injured member of staff could be able to make a claim.  Workplace accidents in a pub are bar can be caused by hazards such as:

  • Somebody has slipped at work due to spilt drinks.
  • A person is injured lifting heavy crates or barrels.
  • A member of the bar staff is assaulted by a customer.
  • A staff member can be cut by broken glass.

Any person injured while working in a bar, must follow the procedure for reporting an accident at work, and this will include making sure the incident has been recorded in the company accident book.

Slip And Fall Accidents In Public Bars

Slips, trips and falls are one of the most frequently seen types of accidents in the UK each year. If you have slipped in a pub or slipped in a bar, then if it can be proven the business operator was at least partially to blame, it could be possible to make a claim for accidents such as:

  • People may have slipped on a wet floor in a pub.
  • A person might trip on a damaged or frayed carpet.
  • An accident could be caused by potholes in the pub car park.
  • Accidents could be caused by uneven pavements in the pub garden.
  • A patron could slip on food that has been dropped on the pub floor.

If you are injured in a slip, trip or fall accident in a pub, then if it can be proven that the pub was to blame in some way, it could be possible to make a claim.

Accidents Caused By Damage And Disrepair

People can be injured in a public place due to damaged or poorly maintained facilities and amenities. In the case of accidents in a nightclub, pub or bar, if it can be proven the business operator has failed to meet obligatory safety requirements in keeping facilities properly maintained, it could be possible for injured parties to make public injury claims. for example:

  • Damaged chairs causing a person to fall.
  • Poorly maintained play equipment in a pub garden, injuring children.
  • Cracked or broken glasses causing injuries to customers.
  • Bad or contaminated drinks causing an illness of some kind.

The key here, is that the business owner or one of its representatives need to be at least partially to blame, in order for a valid claim to exist.

Injuries Caused By Violent Crimes

In this section, we will answer the question, I was assaulted at a bar UK can I sue a bar for assault? There are two potential answers here:

  1. If you were assaulted by a member of staff, you could be able to make a claim against the bar owner or operator.
  2. If you were assaulted by a member of the public, then the bar is likely not liable. However, you may be able to make a claim via the Criminal Injury Compensation Authority (CICA).

We recommend you speak to a solicitor, explain your situation to them, and they will be able to tell you which of the two sets of circumstances apply in your own case.

Public Liability Claims Explained

Part of the answer to the question, how to sue a pub? is that your solicitor will attempt to process a pub accident claim for you, and the company that provides the pub with its public liability insurance would pay the compensation.

Every pub, bar and nightclub must have public liability insurance. This is a legal requirement of doing business and is not optional. However, if the business owner is found not to have valid public liability insurance, then it could be possible to pursue the actual business for compensation. The risk here, is that the business does not have sufficient monetary resources to pay compensation.

No Win No Fee Claims For Accidents In Public Bars

You could use some form of No Win No Fee claims service, that specialises in processing claims for accidents in public places such as bar, pub or nightclub. When you use this kind of service, you will be provided with a solicitor who will process your claim for you, and you are not expected to pay anything until you have actual won a compensation settlement.

There would be no fee at all to start working on your claim, and there would also be no ongoing charges while the solicitor processes you claim. This could take many months, and there would be no charge in all this time. Furthermore, if the solicitor fails to secure you any compensation at all, they would not charge you any kind of fee. However, when the solicitor is successful in processing your claim, they would take their fee out of the compensation payment they have received for you, and then they would give you the remainder.

How Do I Claim Damages For An Accident In A Public Bar?

Have you been injured in an accident in a bar, nightclub or pub? Do you think the premises owner was in some way responsible for causing the accident? Would you like to find out if you have a valid reason to make a personal injury claim? If so, you could speak our advertisement sponsors ProLawyers.co.uk claims team on 0800 408 7848. They would be able to go over your claim for you, talk about your legal options, and explain how you can move forward with your claim today.

References

You may find the information at these external links to be of some use:

Health & Safety in the hospitality industry

The Occupiers Liability Act 1984

Public liability insurance explained