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Compensation for a Falling Accident at the British Museum

Can I claim compensation for a falling accident at the British Museum if I slipped on some water that had been leaked from an exhibit and pulled a ligament in my knee when I fell?

Question:

Can I claim compensation for a falling accident at the British Museum if I slipped on some water that had been leaked from an exhibit and pulled a ligament in my knee when I fell?

Answer:

If you slipped and fell due to water leaking from an exhibit, you should be eligible to claim compensation for a falling accident in the British Museum due to the venue´s lack of care to protect their visitors from risk of injury. In order to make a successful compensation claim for falling at the British Museum, it has to be demonstrated that you sustained a quantifiable injury for which the museum is liable, and that the British Museum´s liability is due to a breach in their duty of care.

Proving that you suffered a knee injury will be straightforward if you visited a hospital or your doctor straight away after your accident at the British Museum, as a record of your ligament injury will be chronicled in your medical notes. If you delayed seeking medical attention, or solely relied on first aid administered at the museum, you may still be eligible to claim compensation for an accident at the British Museum, but the British Museum´s liability insurers may contend that you made the extent of your ligament injury worse by not seeking immediate professional medical treatment. Consequently, how much compensation for a falling accident at the British Museum you might have been entitled to may be reduced to reflect your own lack of care.

While you were still at the British Museum – or as soon as was practical afterwards – you should have recorded your accident in the museum´s “Accident Report Book”. If you have not done this yet, it is not too late to go back to the British Museum and make an accident report and, if any of the museum employees witnessed your accident or assisted you after you slipped on the water, make a note of their names when you return to the museum in order to support your claim for an accident at the British Museum. The British Museum uses CCTV cameras to monitor activity throughout the complex and, should a security camera be trained on the area where the water leaked from the exhibit and your accident happened, you should make an “Access Request” to the museum for a copy of the security video.

It would be in your best interests to discuss your accident at the British Museum with a personal injury solicitor as, in addition to assisting you with the formalities of an injury claim for a falling accident at the British Museum, your solicitor will be able to advise you how much injury compensation for an accident at the British Museum you may be entitled to receive. The solicitor´s calculations will take into account the consequences of your ligament injury and how your accident at the British Museum might affect your quality of life if you are unable to complete day-to-day tasks, work and drive or engage in social activities and leisure pursuits.

Knowing how much British Museum accident compensation you are entitled to will be useful information to know if you are approached directly by the museum´s liability insurers with an offer of injury compensation for your falling accident. You will be able to decide whether to accept the museum´s offer or pursue a civil British Museum accident claim for the injury you sustained when you slipped and fell on the water. As it is possible that the memories of museum employees fade with time, that the British Museum will erase its security videos when it has no further use for them and that an approach will be made to you soon after you report your accident at the British Museum, it is advisable that you speak with a personal injury solicitor at the first possible opportunity.