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Bar Injury Compensation

Am I eligible to make a claim for bar injury compensation if I tripped, fell, and badly sprained my ankle on the bar’s uneven carpet, and if so, what am I entitled to receive?

Question:

Am I eligible to make a claim for bar injury compensation if I tripped, fell, and badly sprained my ankle on the bar’s uneven carpet, and if so, what am I entitled to receive?

Answer:

If it can be proved that your injury was due to the negligence of the bar owner or staff, you should have a successful claim for bar injury compensation. Legally, the owner of the premises owes a duty of care to keep customers safe at all times. This means ensuring that spills and broken glass are immediately removed, that floors are not slippery and that all aspects of the bar which could conceivably present a hazard are appropriately dealt with. (This includes possible brawls and aggressive behaviour from bouncers which may lead to serious injuries.)

The owner of a bar should also have a system for carrying out regular inspections to identify possible hazards and, once aware of a hazard, the location should be either cordoned off or customers/patrons should be warned about possible risks. An uneven carpet indicates that the bar owner might have breached his or her duty of care by failing to carry out the necessary checks to ensure the safety of the premises for that given night. If this is the case, you may well be eligible for bar injury compensation.

When you receive bar injury compensation, you are entitled to receive awards for general damages and special damages. General damages are awarded to compensate for the injury’s impact on your health and well being, as well as your overall quality of life. For instance, if your injury affected your ability to play your favourite sport, you may claim for “loss of amenity”. Special damages address the injury’s quantifiable costs, including treatment costs and loss of earnings if you have had to take time off work due to your injury.

To determine your claim for bar injury compensation, and find out what you may be entitled to receive in a bar injury compensation settlement, it is advisable to speak with a personal injury solicitor at your earliest possible convenience.