Can I Claim for a Pub Accident?

If you’ve been injured in a pub accident caused by negligence, you might like to know how to claim compensation. In this guide, we look at the process of making an injury in a pub claim. 

We explore potential injury in a pub compensation with examples from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). In addition, we provide examples of costs and losses you could recover the costs for under the head of your claim known as special damages. 

You are owed a duty of care while in public spaces. We look at who owes this to you while you’re in a pub. Also, we explore what this means and how to spot if they breached this duty. Proving that a breach of duty of care led to an injury is essential in making a claim. 

We also provide examples of accidents that could occur in a pub. In addition, this guide looks at what steps you might take following your injuries that could help strengthen your claim. 

If you decide to claim compensation, you might find the process easier with a solicitor. We look at what a No Win No Fee agreement means and how working with a solicitor could benefit your claim. 

Our advisors offer free legal advice if you’ve been injured in a pub due to a breach of the duty of care you were owed. Valid claims could be passed onto one of the personal injury solicitors from our panel. 

To contact us:

  • Fill in the claim online form for a callback. 
  • Phone the number at the top of the screen.
  • Use the live chat feature. 

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  1. Guidance On Pub Accident Claims
  2. Determining Compensation For Your Pub Accident
  3. Understanding Pub Accident Claims
  4. How Do Accidents At Pubs Happen?
  5. What Happens If I Appoint A No Win No Fee Lawyer?
  6. More Information On Pub Accident Claims

Guidance On Pub Accident Claims

If you find yourself wondering, ‘I was injured in a pub, can I claim compensation?’ you might find this guide useful. In order to make a pub accident claim you will need to prove that the negligence of a third party caused your injuries.

We explain what this means throughout this guide in an easy to understand way. In addition, we break down the evidence you need to prove your claim.

You might wonder how you can tell whether a breach of duty of care has occurred. To clarify this, we explore the legislation that governs how those in control of public spaces can ensure the safety of visitors who use the space. 

Free legal advice about your pub accident claim is available from our advisors. 

 Determining Compensation For Your Pub Accident

Your pub accident compensation could be formed of two heads; general damages and special damages. We explain each of these in further detail below. 

You might be invited to an independent medical assessment as part of your claim for a pub injury. This is to gain a fuller picture of your injuries and what impact they have on your life, as well as to confirm that they’re consistent with the accident you were involved in. If you work with a solicitor from our panel, they might be able to arrange this in your local area. 

General Damages for a Pub Accident Claim

You claim general damages to compensate for the pain and suffering caused by your injuries, both physical and mental. To help assign value to your injuries, legal professionals look to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). Listed within this document are various injuries next to their potential compensation brackets. 

We’ve provided examples from the 16th edition in the table below, published in April of 2022. 

Injury Potential CompensationNotes
Moderate brain damage (iii)£43,060 to £90,720Small epilepsy risk, impact on senses, reduced work capacity and concentration and memory impacts from brain damage.
Moderately severe psychological injury£19,070 to £54,830Significant problems coping with life and in relationships, however, the prognosis is optimistic.
Less severe facial scarring£17,960 to £48,420Significant psychological reaction to substantial disfigurement.
Traumatic injury to the digestive system (ii)£16,790 to £27,760Permanent complications from a serious non-penetrating injury.
Serious shoulder injuries£12,770 to £19,200Pain in neck and shoulder, aching elbows and sensory issues in forearm and hand from shoulder dislocation and lower brachial plexus damage.
Chest injuries (d)£12,590 to £17,960Some permanent tissue damage but no significant long-term impact on lung functioning from a relatively simple injury.
Moderate back injuries (ii)£12,510 to £27,760Could include backache caused by ligament and muscle disturbance, soft tissue injuries that exacerbate pre-existing conditions, or prolapsed discs.
Cheekbone fractures (i)£10,200 to £15,780Paraesthesia or some disfigurement from fractures that required surgery.
Less serious leg injuries (ii)£9,110 to £14,080Simple femur fracture without damage to articular surface.
Fractured forearm£6,610 to £19,200Simple forearm fractures.

Special Damages for a Pub Accident Claim

You might be able to claim special damages as part of your settlement for a pub accident. Special damages are paid to recover costs associated with your injury. In order to claim under this head, however, you must be able to prove your costs. This could take the form of receipts, for example, or payslips. 

Costs could be recovered for:

  • Cosmetic aids. This could include plastic surgery and specialist makeup to conceal scarring. 
  • Medical expenses. Any expenses, such as therapy, that are not covered by the NHS could be reimbursed to you through special damages. 
  • Lost wages. Your loss of earnings and potential loss of future earnings could be included if your injury is bad enough to prevent you from returning to work.

Our advisors can estimate your general and special damages as part of your compensation for a pub accident. Get in touch for an assessment of your claim.

Understanding Pub Accident Claims

Under Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, the public is owed a duty of care by the occupier of a public space. The occupier in legislation is the person who is in control of the space.

This means that the occupier must take reasonable steps to reduce risks that the public may face when the public place is used for its intended purpose. 

In the case of a pub, the landlord or landlady owes you a duty of care. The toilets, for example, could present hazards that the pub’s owner could reduce. This could include a sign indicating that the hot water is extremely hot. It could also include a wet floor sign if the tiles have recently been washed. 

It is up to the pub’s occupier to assess these risks and come up with a policy to keep members of the public reasonably safe. If, for example, you cut yourself on broken glass because there was no policy in place to sweep this up or signpost it, you might be able to claim. However, if you break a glass and then cut yourself before alerting a member of staff, or chose not to alert a staff member, you’d be unlikely to have a valid claim. 

You can talk to our advisors about the circumstances leading up to your pub accident. They can assess the validity of your claim for you. 

How Do Accidents At Pubs Happen?

To receive a payout for a pub accident, you must be able to prove negligence caused your injuries. Steps you take following the injury could help strengthen your claim. 

You could:

  • Seek medical attention. You could present medical records as evidence if you visited a doctor following your injury. 
  • Request CCTV. You are within your rights to request CCTV footage of yourself from the relevant person.
  • Note witness contact details. Any witnesses could provide a statement at a later date. 
  • Seek legal advice. A No Win No Fee solicitor could make the claims process seem easier. 

Pub based risks could include:

  • Wobbly tables and chairs could result in laceration wounds if a glass falls off and breaks.  
  • Slippery floors could result in slips, trips and falls, causing a broken leg, for example, or head injuries.
  • Falls from a height, such as if the pub has a balcony without appropriate railings, which could cause a neck injury

Free legal advice is available from our advisors. Get in touch today to see if you have a valid claim. 

What Happens If I Appoint A No Win No Fee Lawyer?

Due to the costs typically associated with hiring a lawyer by paying them upfront, legal representation can be out of reach for a lot of people with valid claims when hiring a solicitor in the usual way. You could represent yourself, however, legal representation could ease the claiming process. A solicitor, for example, could contact any witnesses for statements and help present your evidence. 

No Win No Fee arrangements make it possible for you to have legal representation without the financial risks of paying them upfront. This is because you can be offered a No Win No Fee agreement, also called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).

Under a CFA, there are no upfront or ongoing solicitors fees. Successful claims pay a success fee. It’ll be taken from your award and is legally capped. However, if your claim is not successful, you do not pay this fee. 

Get Advice On Pub Accident Claims

Free legal advice is available from our advisors. They can estimate the general damages head of your claim. Also, they can advise what you could claim special damages for as well as suggest what evidence you could save for this head of your potential claim. In addition, they can help you learn what evidence is needed to prove negligence.

If your claim is valid, you could be connected to our panel of personal injury solicitors. To get in touch about your potential pub accident claim:

  • Begin your claim online
  • Use the live chat feature
  • Phone us on the number at the top of the page. 

More Information On Pub Accident Claims

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If you’d like more information on making a pub accident claim, get in touch with our team.