Pub or Bar Accident Claim *
An accident in a pub or bar * can be caused by a number of things and can cause injuries to both staff and customers. These public liability claims * can be quite complex and it may be advisable to speak with a solicitor if you are thinking about making a claim.
Whether you were a customer of the pub or a staff member, it may be possible to make a claim for negligence against the owner of the pub, if it is shown that the cause of the accident * was a direct result of the owner/managers/staff negligence towards hazards such as broken glass or a spillage that was not attended to, for example.
All business owners are required to show a duty of care for both their employees and customers. However, it is also important to realise that the staff of a pub need to be allowed the appropriate amount of time to identify and see to a spillage or broken glass on the floor, this is an important aspect of making a claim *.
For a claim against a pub or bar *, it must be shown that the bar failed to provide adequate warnings of slippery floors, did not attend to spillages in an appropriate amount of time, did not provide a safe environment for customers/staff or acted negligently in some other form.
Who is Responsible?
If you have been injured in a pub or bar accident * and have decided that you want to make a claim then you will need to determine who was at fault for the accident. In order to proceed with a claim *, the accident must have been caused by somebody else who acted in a negligent manner. If you were the main cause of the accident then you will not be entitled to pursue a claim for the injuries * you sustained as a result.
There can be a number of people responsible for an accident in a pub or bar *. In general, most claims are made against the manager or occupier of the pub who failed to have the adequate health and safety measures in place. An occupier has a responsibility to ensure that both staff and visitors to the premises are kept safe and their safety should be their first priority. They also need to ensure that they provide staff with the necessary training needed in order to carry out the job correctly and minimise the risk of accidents happening.
Accidents can also be caused by employees who failed to act efficiently. They have not have cleaned up a spillage as quickly as they should or may not have ensured that there were no hazards on the ground which may lead to a potential injury.
Other members of the public may also have caused the accident if they acted in a negligent manner. It is important to note that it is not just an owner who has a duty of care but also all those who visit the pub or bar at any time. Members of the public have a duty of care to both employees and other customers to act in a way which does not put the safety of others at risk.
Common Types of Injury *
A pub or bar accident * can cause a serious injury whether you have an accident at work or sustain an injury while you are a customer in a pub or bar. Some common types include:
- Burns from hot food or drinks
- Head Injuries
- Back injuries
- Leg and Foot Injuries
- Cuts and bruises
Generally, the pub or bar environment is one of low lighting, alcohol affected people and large numbers of people, this means that the potential hazards and the possibility for an accident to happen can become increased, meaning that the staff of the pub need to on the look-out at all times to prevent any accidents. Common causes include:
- Spillages left for an inappropriate amount of time
- Wet Floor without adequate signage
- Broken or defective furniture
- Broken glass left on the floor
- Poor Lighting
- Over Crowding
- Poorly prepared food or drink
While at work:
- Food spillages
- Poor staff training
- Manual handling injuries * – Lifting heavy objects
- Slip, Trip or Fall hazards
- Wet floor without adequate warnings
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