While having dinner in a restaurant the chair I was sitting on collapsed underneath me, this incident caused me great embarrassment and I also suffered soft tissue damage. Am I entitled to make a compensation claim for falling from a broken chair in a restaurant?
In order to successfully claim for falling from a broken chair in a restaurant you will need to demonstrate that the chair was faulty which would mean the restaurant failed to provide you with a safe environment to enjoy your dinner, thus breaching its duty of care to you.
The British standard weight for chairs used in restaurants and public places are expected to bear is 150 kg (330lbs/23 stones and 8lbs). If you weigh less than this, you may be eligible to make a compensation claim for falling from a broken chair in a restaurant.
If you intend to pursue compensation there are a few steps you should observe to help you build a strong claim. In the immediate aftermath of your injury, a prompt professional medical examination should be taken in order to safeguard your health, you should make a note of your accident in the restaurant’s ‘Accident Report Book’ and you should also seek witnesses of the incident as the testimony of other diners will greatly aid your compensation claim for falling from a broken chair in a restaurant.
Once you have completed these steps you should consult a solicitor, the majority of personal injury solicitors in the UK offer a free consultation service, therefore it is worthwhile having your claim evaluated as you will not be under any financial obligation to them.
Your personal injury solicitor will be able to take into account all the external factors that could affect your claim, such as age, sex and your general health prior to the accident to give you the potential value of your compensation claim for falling from a broken chair in a restaurant and will then advise you on the best course of action to take.