Bars, also known as night clubs, are dangerous for numerous reasons. Primarily, bars are not well illuminated, so you may stumble anywhere and be harmed. Beer bottles could be dropped causing broken, sharp glass or spillage on dance floors and walkways. There are also bars that are not well maintained with cluttered cables from vending machines, loose carpets or unsafe floorings. Also, most people are intoxicated from alcohol, so they can easily infuriate with the slightest trigger. These things could be dangerous to your safety, since anyone can suffer injuries from accidents or criminal assaults.
It is proven that the food and beverage sector, of which bars are included have 25% more occurrence of accidents for trips, falls and slips compared to other kinds of injuries. These accidents may usually result in dislocated bones, fractures and injuries to the head. Most of these injuries are caused by wet walkways, which could be prevented if the bar owners implement proper safety measures.
The best way to avoid any kind of bar accident is to totally avoid visiting them. However, if you want to have fun, do it safely, Be sure that the bar you want to visit has preventive measures to avoid any kind of accident.
However, if still you had met some kind of accident in bars, you must claim for compensation, particularly if you are not in fault. If you have been injured as a result of bar accident, you can still claim for personal injury. You have a good chance to win your claim if you can prove that the condition of bar premises was the main reason of the accident such as wet walkways without any clear sign, broken glasses on the floor, insufficient safety measures and many more.
You can also claim compensation since a bar is a public place. Similar to any kind of establishment that is open for the public, the bar owner has the responsibility to ensure the safety of their visitors. This means that they must perform necessary actions to protect their patrons from any injury. That is why many bars in Ireland are recommended to purchase public liability insurance.
A bar is at fault for a slip accident if the bar owner failed to:
- Employ enough staff so spills, broken glasses could be responded instantly
- Install safety floor coverings, particularly if the floor is in poor condition
- Install adequate lighting fixtures on stairs or other areas posing safety risks
- Act upon cluttered obstacles such as electric cables
- Replace old furniture that can cause injury to visitors
- Install protective edges on stairs and danger-prone areas in the bar
- Install safety bars for visitors with special needs
Another kind of bar accident that you can claim for personal injury compensation is the harm caused by their staff like bouncers and waiters. In a bar, there is a high chance that people could become more susceptible to violence if they are under the influence of liquor. Being harmed because of an assault inside the bar is basically categorized as a criminal offense. Just be sure that you are not to blame for your own injury.