By Jo Jeffries. Last updated 18th January 2022. Welcome to our guide to making a pub or bar accident compensation claim. If you’re considering suing a nightclub for an injury, or claiming for accidents in a pub. this guide could be very helpful in ascertaining whether you could claim and how to do so.
There are thousands of pubs and bars up and down the country and as one of the biggest industries for employment, millions of people enter the doorways of pubs and bars every day. It therefore stands to reason that pubs and bars are one of the main locations for accidents and injuries to occur. In this guide, we’ll look at whether claiming against a pub or suing a nightclub for an injury might be a possibility for you.
Who could claim for accidents in a pub or bar?
Whether staff or customers, accidents in bars and pubs are relatively common with the wide array of potential hazards in the environment. From burns and cuts to falls and well floor slips, there are many reasons why you may need to think about a pub or bar personal injury claim.
Catering and hospitality staff are more likely to suffer a trip or fall accident than in any other industry but there may be other causes for pub or bar accident claims. You may have slipped on a wet floor in a pub or be the victim of employer negligence. Similarly, as a customer, you may have also fallen victim to similar causes of injury while in a pub, bar or nightclub.
Make a pub or bar accident compensation claim with our help
If you have suffered an injury as the result of an accident in a pub, bar or nightclub, as a member of staff or a customer, then you may be entitled to compensation. Beginning a claim might seem daunting but this guide is designed to help explain the process and how Accident Claims can help you get the compensation for being injured in a pub you deserve. Once you have looked through our handy guide to see if you could be entitled to compensation, call us today on 0800 073 8801 to speak to one of our advisors.
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- A guide to pub and bar injury claims
- What are bar and pub accidents?
- Food industry injury statistics
- Common types of bar and pub accidents and injuries
- What to do if you have been injured in a bar or pub
- How severe can pub and bar injuries be?
- What can you include in your compensation claim for accidents in a pub?
- Pub and bar accident compensation claim calculator
- How to start your pub or bar accident compensation claim
- No win no fee claims for pub or bar injuries
- Why choose Accident Claims UK when suing a nightclub for injury?
- Contact us today to make your pub or bar accident compensation claim
- Useful links Relating To Accidents In A Pub Or Bar
This guide aims to explain pub or bar accident claims to give you as much information as possible if you are considering beginning a claim for compensation for pub, bar & nightclub injuries. For many, they thought of starting a claim for compensation is a daunting one as they might not know whether they are even entitled to compensation nor the best way to go about beginning their claim. If you have suffered an injury from an accident that was not your fault though, you may be entitled to claim compensation to help cover any costs of treatment or time of work.
There are many different types of accidents and injuries which may occur in a busy bar, pub or nightclub setting. This guide aims to help explain what types of injuries can be claimed for and help give you a rough idea of the amount of compensation you may be awarded if your claim is successful. Once you have read through this guide, you should have a rough idea what is involved in suing a nightclub for an injury and the process you can expect to go through, including any difficulties you might face as well as where to turn for practical and helpful advice with your claim.
Suing a nightclub for an injury might be possible if an avoidable accident occurs in which you are injured. Where risks like broken glass, slippery floors or inadequate lighting aren’t mitigated for, you could seek compensation for any subsequent injuries.
At the last official count by the British Beer and Pub Association, there were just over 50,000 pubs in the UK. When you combine that figure with the number of bars and nightclubs across the UK you can begin to see why such a large number of accidents and injuries occur in these establishments. There is a wide range of types of accidents and injuries which may occur in a pub, bar or nightclub setting and each injury will vary in its severity and have far reaching implications.
Some of the different types of causes of accidents in nightclubs, bars and pubs could include slip, fall, no wet floor sign or a cut or burn in a kitchen resulting from poor health and safety policy. Other causes may include poor maintenance of the property or gross negligence on behalf of the establishment owner or operator. You may also have experienced an accident as the result of a third party’s actions. Whatever the cause of your accident, knowing how to sue a bar for negligence or knowing how to claim for compensation for being injured in a pubis valuable information.
If you work in the food industry then you and your employer should be held to stringent health and safety policies, designed to keep you safe whilst at work. These policies should identify potential hazards and outline how you should work in order to be safe from accident and also outline the standards to which your employer should maintain your place of work as well as outlining the training you should be given.
Latest health and safety statistics
If we take a look at the HSE statistics for 2020- 21, we can see that there were a number of people injured in non fatal accidents at work. The causes for accidents at work can vary, but the most common reasons for workplace injuries during the period we’ve just mentioned, include:
- Slip, trip and fall accidents all on one level – there are a number of reasons that people could be injured in a slip trip or fall accident. They may trip over hazards that have not been removed, such as an improperly fitted rug. They could slip on a spillage, or they could fall from an unsafe balcony. Approximately 33% of all non-fatal injuries during 2020- 21 related to this type of accident.
- The next most common cause of workplace accidents was lifting carrying or handling incidents. This could lead to musculoskeletal injuries, amongst all the types of injury.
- Further to this being struck by objects, falling from height, and acts of violence also caused non fatal injuries.
You can see a full breakdown in the graphic below.
No matter what type of accident you will have suffered an injury in, if your employer was negligent in protecting your health and Safety at Work, and you suffered injury as a result, you could claim
There can be a variety of causes of accidents in bars, pubs and nightclubs but here we will look at some of the most common.
Accidents and injuries caused by spillages or broken glass
As previously mentioned, slips and falls are the most common cause for any accident in the workplace and this is no different for a pub or bar setting. For staff and customers, wet floor slips are a serious hazard. In an environment such as a nightclub, bar or pub, where there are copious amounts of liquid being carried and poured in an array of vessels by many different people in a crowded environment; breakages and spillages are nigh on impossible to prevent.
However, if a drink has been spilt or a glass broken and this has caused you to slip and fall resulting in an injury, then the establishment may be liable for your accident. If the spillage or breakage has not been cleaned up in a timely manner for example, nor adequate warnings provided about the hazard, then you may be entitled to compensation for an injury sustained as a result.
Accidents and injuries caused by lack of maintenance
All pubs, bars and nightclubs have a responsibility to their staff and customers to provide a safe environment by law. The Occupier’s Liability Act (1957) outlines the operator of a bar, pub or nightclub’s duty of care to provide a safe environment for staff and visitors to the premises, providing protection from accidents resulting from the dangerous or defective condition of the property. This covers beer gardens, car parks, smoking shelters and other external areas of the property as well and the interior and any furnishings.
You may be entitled to compensation for being injured in a pub if the accident was the result of loose carpet, faulty furniture, uneven stairs, for example. If the establishment has failed to maintain their establishment then suing a pub for compensation may be an option.
Workplace accidents and injuries
The people most at risk of pub or bar accidents are the staff who work there. Some of the most common accidents to befall workers in the catering and hospitality industry, according to The Health and Safety Executive, are caused by the floor being in poor repair, food or drink spillages, carrying hot oil, trip hazards, cleaning products applied to the floor and water leaks or overflow.
If you have had an accident working in a pub, bar or nightclub due to one of those reasons, or any others which could have been prevented, then you may want to consider making a claim for compensation. Your employer may be liable for your accident if it was the cause of poor health and safety policy, not being given adequate training or personal protective equipment or negligence on behalf of your employer.
Accidents or injuries caused by negligence
If you have been injured after an accident that you feel could have been prevented, then you may be able to claim compensation for being injured in a pub if you can prove negligence on behalf of the establishment.
Whether you are a customer or an employee, the establishment has a duty of care to provide a safe environment and this includes outside areas as well as corridors and walkways. Proving negligence isn’t easy but if an establishment has failed in its duty to maintain a safe environment then you may be entitled to compensation for your injury.
Other common causes of accidents in a pub and bar
There are a wide variety of other causes of accidents in bars/pubs and they are not limited to the one outlines above. These could include:
- Accidents caused by unsafe furniture, both inside and outdoors
- Accidents due to cluttered doorways, staircases and corridors
- Accidents caused by improperly prepared drinks and food, including illnesses such as food poisoning
If you have suffered an accident and the cause hasn’t been mentioned or outlines above then this does not necessarily mean that you do not qualify for a nightclub injury claim or claim against a pub or bar. You should discuss your accident and injury with a qualified solicitor who will be able to advise you whether or claiming against a club or suing a nightclub for an injury is possible.
If you have been injured in an accident at a bar, pub or nightclub then it is advisable to begin to take action immediately so that if you do decide to make a nightclub injury claim then you have to correct evidence to support it. The first thing you need to do is ensure you have the correct medical care for any injury you have sustained, but then you should attempt to go through the following steps as soon as you are able:
- Report the accident: every establishment should have an accident log and you should ensure that your accident is reported to a member of staff and then written down in the log. If are then suing a bar for injury then you will be able to refer to the accident log as proof that the accident occurred.
- Collect any evidence: take photographs of where the accident happened and collect details of anyone who may have witnessed the accident.
- Get a thorough medical examination: once you have been initially treated, it is advisable to get a thorough medical examination from a doctor who can attest to the injury you have sustained. This may also highlight any medical issues you are likely to face as a result of your injury.
- Document everything: keep any and all documentation regarding your injury such as letters from any doctors you see, letters from work and also document all financial costs and losses as a result of the accident.
Following these steps can help support your claim for compensation for pub, bar and nightclub injuries and increase the likelihood of a positive outcome. The more evidence you have, the better your chances of success when claiming against a pub or suing a nightclub fo an injury.
If you are suing a pub or suing a bar for injury then it is vital that the acuteness of your injury is assessed beforehand as it can affect the outcome of your claim as well as how much compensation is paid out if your claim is successful.
In basic terms; the more acute the injury, the more the amount of compensation will be paid.
However, it is not as simple as it sounds. When we talk about the severity of injuries then there are several factors to consider. The first is the amount of pain the injury has caused. This may be severe pain or chronic pain which lasts for a long time.
Suing a nightclub for injury – can I claim for mental trauma?
Courts may also take into account any psychological pain that sustaining the injury has caused. It is advisable to write a journal after your injury so that you can document your pain and any side effects which can be referred to as evidence in your compensation claim.
Other psychological effects of injuries such as anxiety or PTSD after a severe accident can also be included in a claim for compensation following a bar, pub or nightclub accident.
Other aspects of your injury that should be considered before you begin your claim include any potential long-term consequences of your injury. If your injury is likely to cause long-term complications or affect your quality of life or ability to work in the future, then this may increase the amount of compensation you can expect to receive should a claim be successful.
Any initial examination by a doctor may simply treat your presenting injury and not give a full diagnosis of how that injury is likely to affect you in the future. Therefore, Accident Claims’ provided solicitors arrange for clients to attend a medical examination prior to their case being heard so that any related or underlying complications resulting from the injury can be diagnosed and assessed.
Each claim for compensation for pub, bar and nightclub injuries is unique and so there are no set rules for what can be included. However, the following are general guidelines that you can consider including in your own claim:
- Medical expenses: these are costs you have incurred as a direct result of your injury such as specialist equipment or treatment
- Special damages: this may include extra losses as a consequence of the accident , these could include damage to a vehicle or jewellery
- General damages: this is a little more vague and refers to the pain and suffering you have endured as a result of the accident
- Care claim: if you have been in need of care assistance as a result of your injury, then you potentially can include this cost in your claim for your carer
Your expert solicitor will be able to help you ascertain exactly what you can include in your compensation claim.
Putting a figure on the amount of compensation you may receive at the beginning of pub or bar accident claims is nearly impossible as they are all different with unique circumstances. However, the below table gives you some ideas of how the severity of injuries incurred can have an effect on the total amount of compensation awarded in successful claims.
|Type of injuries suffered||How Severe||Common Payout Bracket||Notes|
|Toe injury||Moderate||Up to £9,010||Includes relatively straightforward fractures.|
|Toe injury||Severe||£12,900 to £29,770||Includes severe crush injuries that result in one or two toes being amputated.|
|Foot injury||Modest||Up to £12,900||Ruptured ligaments, simple metatarsal fractures or puncture wounds.|
|Foot injury||Moderate||£12,900 to £23,460||Displaced fractures causing continuing symptoms and deformity.|
|Foot injury||Severe||£39,390 to £65,710||Examples include fractures to both feet or heels that result in substantial mobility restriction.|
|Leg injuries||Moderate||£26,050 to £36,790||Complicated or multiple fractures to a single limb.|
|Leg injury||Severe||£51,460 to £85,600||Examples in this range will result in permanent mobility problems. Mobility aids or crutches will be required for life.|
|Finger injury||Fracture||£8,500 to £11,480||Fracture of an index finger.|
|Finger injury||Loss||£11,420 to £17,590||Total or partial loss of the index finger.|
This table provides a rough guide to potential amounts that could be awarded after successful pub or bar accident claims.The figures in the table come from the Judicial College Guidelines. This is a publication that courts and lawyers could measure the medical evidence you provide against to see how much could be appropriate for your claim.
We recommend that you contact a solicitor for a more detailed estimate of how much your claim could be worth.
If you have befallen an accident in the pub, bar or nightclub then it is advisable to seek legal advice as soon as possible if you wish to pursue compensation for pub, bar and nightclub injuries. Injury claim experts can help to guide you along the intricate web off red tape and regulations involved in accident injury claims.
What to do after accidents in a pub
Here is an example of the process that you may want to follow when making a pub or bar injury claim:
- Call us direct and conduct a completely free consultation where one of our experts will talk over your accident and determine if you have a valid claim for any compensation.
- Once you have all the advice, should you agree to continue with your claim then we will start providing you with a solicitor to fight for compensation for being injured in a pub.
- You may be asked to attend a further meeting with your solicitor for more in-depth fact finding and they will attempt to gather all evidence needed for your claim, including CCTV you may not have obtained yourself.
- Your solicitor can arrange a full medical examination with a medical practitioner to help establish the full extent of your injury.
- They will then file the relevant, correct paperwork to the right departments to get the ball rolling on your compensation claim.
If you are sat thinking “I was assaulted at a bar and I don’t know how to claim compensation” of questioning how to sue a nightclub after an accident, seeking professional legal guidance can ensure the entire process of claiming compensation is much less stressful.
Whether you are suing a pub for a trip or fall or looking for burn injury compensation after an accident at work in a bar; one of the biggest concerns for people hoping to start a pub or bar injury claim is the financial aspect of starting a court case.
No win, no fee claims are an excellent way for people to start pub or bar accident claims with no financial risk at all. At Accident Claims, if our provided solicitors do not win your compensation claim then you won’t pay a penny. If your claim is successful, then the legal fees will be deducted from your settlement, a percentage that will be agreed upon before the claim process. This way, you can start your claim without having to worry about the financial aspect of going to court; one less stress for you to worry about.
Claiming compensation for pub, bar and nightclub injuries is a complex and time-consuming process. If you have obtained an injury/ies, the last thing you will want to do is burden yourself with the stress and worry of a compensation claim when you are trying to recover from your injury. This is when Accident Claims step in.
Accident Claims will provide you with a trusted solicitor who will handle all aspects of your claim for you. Experienced, professional and friendly; we work on no win, no fee basis so that you don’t have to worry about any financial implications of your claim either. Our team will work for you to get you the compensation you deserve so that you can focus on your recovery from your injury.
Get in touch today to ascertain out how our team can help you and get the ball rolling on your pub or bar injury claim.
If you have had an accident in the pub, bar or nightclub that has left you with an injury then you may be entitled to compensation to assist with payment for any medical treatment or time off work you may have had. Call our team today on 0800 073 8801 to speak to our dedicated team who can get you in touch with a solicitor who specialises in pub or bar accident claims or fill out one of our contact forms and a member of our team will get in touch with you.
Claiming for pub injuries or suing a nightclub for an injury FAQs
Can you sue a nightclub for injuries?
If you are injured in a nightclub because of negligence on the part of the nightclub owners, you may be entitled to claim damages. Cutting yourself on broken glass, slipping on uneven floor coverings or tripping on a hazard that was not visible due to poor lighting are all scenarios that could lead to a claim.
How long after an injury can you claim for accidents in a pub?
When claiming against a bar or suing a nightclub for an injury, you need to adhere to the relevant time limits. In most cases, you’ll have 3-years to begin from the date you sustained your injury.
Accidents in a pub – how do you prove a bar, pub or nightclub were negligent?
As with other types of claims, you’ll need to make sure you provide evidence that shows how you were injured, who was to blame and what injuries you sustained. When suing a nightclub for an injury, for example, you could use CCTV, phone footage, witness statements and medical records as evidence.
This guide from the HSE gives information on catering issues.
This page gives information about pub flooring choices
Slip statistics from the HSE
More statistics on the causes of accidents.
Thank you for reading to our guide to making a pub or bar accident compensation claim. If you’re considering suing a nightclub for an injury, or claiming for accidents in a pub. this guide has hopefully been helpful in helping ascertain whether you could claim and how to do so.