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Cinema accidents can occur due to a number of different reasons – the fact that cinema goers must navigate people to find their own seat in low light conditions just adds to the risk of accidents.Tell Us About Your Case
The types of accidents and injuries caused by cinema accidents vary and can happen to all cinema users, including both staff and customers. The most common claim for an accident in a cinema are slip, trip and fall claims from slipping on a wet floor that had just been mopped or from a spill that was not cleaned up in an appropriate time frame, for example.
If you wish to make a personal injuries claim for a cinema accident you must first prove liability. If you have contributed to your accident in any way, you may not be eligible to make a claim. In most cases, the cinema operator may be held liable if they have failed to provide a reasonable duty of care and have acted in a negligent manner. The operator should carry out frequent risk assessments and eliminate any potential hazards that may cause an accident or injury. They also have a duty to provide relevant and sufficient training to staff members as this will help to reduce risks.
Injuries sustained in cinema accident claims include:
Accidents in a cinema are usually caused by human error or failure on the cinema’s part to provide a hazard free environment where possible. The most common causes of accidents are:
In cases where the staff of a cinema have failed to clean up a spillage in an appropriate time frame or failed to clean it up at all, a person could slip and injure themselves. Also, in cases where a staff member is cleaning up or has just cleaned up a spillage and has not displayed a wet floor sign a person may slip and fall causing themselves injury.
Where staff have left items on the floor people may trip and fall. In cases where items are left on the floor by other cinema goers and staff have failed to pick them up, accidents may happen.
Where a cinema is not kept the highest standard of cleanliness, seats may become torn or faulty. In these cases, a person can injure themselves off the seat. The cinema may be held liable for the accident in these cases.
While a cinema is dark for the duration of the movie, illuminated aisles and walkways should be present to help a person see where they are going. In cases where there are no visual aids (illuminated walkways), the risk of accident increases and the cinema may be held liable for the accident.
Following an accident in a cinema, there are a number of steps you should follow:
Your health is your wealth and should be your first priority. Immediately after an accident, take a second to assess yourself to determine if you have any injuries. Then check if anybody else involved in the accident needs medical attention. If anybody has sustained a serious injury, ensure that you contact an ambulance to attend the scene.
You must remember that minor injuries where you ‘feel fine’ could progress to a more serious injury in the future. In this case, it is always better to be safe than sorry and advisable that you go to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) or local GP to be checked out.
It is important that you report the accident to management. You may be required to assist to fill in an accident form. This is to provide them details of how the accident occurred and details of the injury. You should also request that they preserve any CCTV footage.
Collect contact details of any witnesses to the accident – their names and contact information.
It is important that you collect all the relevant information in connection with your accident:
If you are considering moving forward with a claim for any personal injuries sustained, it is advisable that you speak with a public place accident claims solicitor as soon as possible. If you are proceeding with a claim, the first step will be submitting your claim to the Injuries Board for assessment. A solicitor can help you prepare your application to the Injuries Board and ensure that you follow the process in the correct format, meaning that you can move forward with your claim quickly without unnecessary delays.
It is important to remember to keep copies of any expenses that you have incurred as a result of the accident. It is also imperative to retain copies of medical reports or incident report forms where possible as you will need them when making a claim.
Once you have gathered most of the relevant information in relation to your injury it is then time to move forward with your claim. It is important to use a specialist public place accident solicitor to help you with this.
When you decide you want to move forward with your claim it is important to have as much as possible of the relevant information to hand when contacting a solicitor. Some of the important information to have on hand at this point is:
As a solicitor is aware of the claims process they can avoid any legal bumps in the road you might encounter if you looked after this matter yourself. It is their job to be your trusted advisor on all legal matters throughout your case.
One of the most important documents in your case is a medical report. Your solicitor will ask for your doctor’s or hospital details so he can obtain a report on your injuries. This report will then be used to allow us to progress your case.
As soon as your solicitor has gathered all the information, your accident claim will be submitted to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board for assessment. Your solicitor will do this for you. Once the Injuries Board assess your claim your solicitor will revert with a suggested settlement amount. At this stage, you have a choice to accept the Injuries Board assessment or reject it and move to the next steps.
At this point one of two scenarios will unfold:
a. If both you and the other party accept the Injuries Board assessment, your case is settled and the person at fault will be ordered to pay settlement to you.
b. If either you or the other party reject the Injuries Board assessment, then you move to the next stage and your solicitor will issue legal proceedings.
Before you start to concern yourself with court and everything that comes with it, it’s important to understand that only a very small percentage of cases actually make it to a courtroom.
Settlement meetings will be arranged where a settlement can be negotiated. Most cases are settled at this point prior to a court hearing date without you ever having to step foot into a courtroom and remember it’s your solicitor’s job to be with you every step of the way, right beside you to ensure that your best interests are met at all stages. Your solicitor is to be your trusted advisor throughout the process and this allows you to focus on your recovery, as they focus on settling your case.
At Tracey Solicitors, we make law accessible to all – regardless of your knowledge or experience with the claims process. For more information and a confidential discussion on your accident, phone 01 649 9900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us about your case, where you can speak with a member of our team straight away.
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If you are to proceed with a cinema accident claim you may be entitled to recoup costs to you as a result of the accident. This is along with added expenses you may have incurred, these claims are called damages:
General damages are non-financial damages such as pain and suffering and/or physical and emotional injuries following an accident.
Special damages are out of pocket expenses incurred as a result of an accident in a cinema, for example, loss of earnings (if you are out of work), medical bills, and added travel costs as a result of the accident (for example, travel to and from the hospital). Learn more about Special Damages.
The statute of limitations are the legal time limits on how long you have to make a claim — these vary depending on the situation. The general rule for most personal injury cases is that the person has two years from the date of the accident or date of knowledge of the accident to make a claim for compensation. Contacting a solicitor to discuss your case will help you in determining how long you have left to make a claim.Learn more about Time Limits
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