Nightclub Accident Claims
Despite being venues for fun and entertainment, nightclubs are a hive of potential risks and as such, managers and staff need to abide by a number of health and safety laws to ensure the wellbeing of all those frequenting the premises. Risks including dim lighting, excessive consumption of alcohol, slippery flooring and uncleared bottles and glasses can quickly result in serious injuries. Therefore, club owners must observe their duty of care to patrons by ensuring that the environment is free from unreasonable risks and that the club is safe for purpose.
If you have been injured because of negligence on the part of nightclub management or inadequate safety measures, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. The following article explains the times at which you may be eligible to make a claim, the laws that govern safety necessities in nightclubs and how you can achieve a successful outcome.
Common Nightclub Injuries
There are a number of ways in which you might get injured during a nightclub visit. Some of the most common include:
- Slips and trips on wet dancefloors from spilt drinks. This can lead to severe bruising, sprains and strains and even broken bones
- Lacerations caused by broken glass or smashed bottles
- Burns from poorly maintained electrics
- Poorly marked stairways causing trips and falls
- Overcrowding causing injuries
UK Legislation Relating to Nightclubs
The prime piece of legislation that sets out the legal duties of nightclub owners is the Occupier’s Liability Act 1957. In this act, owners are required to ensure that reasonable safety measures are taken to protect visitors to the premises. This means that there is a legal requirement for nightclub owners to ensure that you are not exposed to any unnecessary or unreasonable risks.
To maintain the safety of the premises and abide by the legal requirements made of them, nightclub owners must conduct regular risk assessments of their premises. The risk assessment should highlight any potential hazards and the owner should then take measures to ensure that these risks are adequately addressed.
Hazards must be removed quickly for the nightclub to be considered as legally safe. Risk assessments are ongoing during the opening hours of a nightclub, and this means that staff can be expected to promptly deal with hazards such as smashed glass and wet floors. Glass collectors should be employed in order to minimise the risk of hazards occurring.
Common Causes of Nightclub Accident Claims
There are a number of ways in which an accident can occur which results in you being injured whilst in a nightclub. If the accident was caused by a breach of the duty of care that the nightclub owner had to patrons, a claim for compensation may be made.
Some of the most common causes of nightclub accident claims that can be attributed to the negligence of management include:
- Failure to employ sufficient staff to ensure that spillages and breakages are promptly cleaned
- Inadequate lighting around hazards such as stairways
- Illegally loud music and sound effects
- Unsafe and poorly arranged pyrotechnics
- Unsuitable floor coverings
- Wet floors that are not adequately marked
- Obstacles such as tables and chairs or poorly fitted carpets and wiring
- Injuries sustained by aggressive bouncers
Nightclub Employee Accidents
If you work in a nightclub, whether as a bouncer, a dancer or a member of the bar staff, you are entitled to expect a safe working environment. Unfortunately, as with all other workplaces, accidents can and do happen.
From slipping on a wet floor, being attacked due to insufficient staffing or being injured due to faulty electrical equipment, there are many situations that could result in a potential compensation claim.
If you have suffered an injury whilst working in a nightclub, and you feel that your employer is responsible, contact us to find out if you have a valid claim.
Being Assaulted in a Nightclub
Alcohol plays a significant role in the number of criminal assaults that take place across the UK. Fighting and unprovoked attacks are unfortunately a common occurrence in pubs and nightclubs. Not only can this spoil what was meant to be a fun night out, but it can also result in serious physical and psychological injuries to the victims.
If you have been the victim of an assault in a nightclub, you could be entitled to receive compensation through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). The CICA is a government-run scheme which provides financial compensation to the innocent victims of criminal activity.
Although it is important to notify the police if you have been attacked, your eligibility for compensation does not depend on a person being found guilty. In fact, you may still be entitled to claim compensation through the CICA even if the attacker has never been found or arrested.
How much compensation can I claim for a nightclub injury?
How much compensation you can claim will depend on a number of factors. Firstly it will depend on the type and severity of the injury you have sustained. Our compensation calculator provides a list of likely compensation amounts for a whole host of different injuries.
In addition to this, your compensation award will also depend on the impact the injury has had on your day to day life. For example, have you had to take time off work due to your injuries? If you have, you would be entitled to claim for any loss of earnings.
For a more accurate assessment of your potential entitlement, contact our friendly injury solicitors for a free case assessment.
What to do following a Nightclub Accident
Should you suffer an injury whilst in a nightclub, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. The staff of the venue should administer first aid if appropriate, and an ambulance should be called if necessary. All accidents should be recorded in the nightclub’s accident log book. This record will be used as evidence should a compensation claim be made by you at a later date.
Where possible, the following evidence should also be gathered in order to strengthen a claim:
- Witness statements and contact details if available
- Photographs of any hazards within the nightclub
- Photographs of any physical injuries sustained
- Copies of medical records
- Receipts for treatment and medication costs
- CCTV or security camera footage if available.
If it can be proven that the nightclub owner or staff were negligent and this resulted in an accident and injury to you, a claim for compensation can be made. The amount that is awarded will depend upon the severity of the injuries and the impact it has had on your life.
For a free case assessment, contact our team of personal injury solicitors today. Your consultation is provided free of charge and without obligation to proceed. If you do have a valid claim, our solicitors can help take your case forward on a no win no fee basis.