Pub or Bar Injury Compensation Claims
If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by a pub or bar accident, we can help.
Whether your injuries were caused by a slip or trip, fall or other incident, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
Claiming injury compensation with a solicitor
You can make a compensation claim for an accident in a public place with the help and support of a personal injury solicitor.
Your solicitor will ask you about how the accident happened, and they will collect evidence to prove what caused your injuries. Your solicitor will then identify who is legally responsible. Based on your injuries, lost earnings and other expenses they will also work out how much money you can claim.
We can help you make an public place accident claim, on a No Win No Fee basis.
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If you have been injured in a pub, bar or restaurant and someone else was to blame, you may be able to claim financial compensation.
The process for claiming injury compensation will depend on how your injury happened.
Injuries sustained in bars, pubs and nightclubs are all too common. Excessive alcohol consumption often leads to injuries sustained in attacks or fights. Incidents of this nature would be considered a criminal matter.
Being the victim of a violent crime is a frightening and distressing experience, and the physical and psychological effects can remain for a long time after the incident. If you have been attacked in a bar, you should report the incident to the police as soon as possible.
The 'Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme' (CICA) is a government-funded scheme designed to compensate blameless victims of violent crime in the UK.
The scheme means that it is not necessary to wait for a court trial. The CICA uses the legal basis of "balance of probabilities". The CICA will take into account the most likely version of events, not the criminal court test which is "beyond reasonable doubt".
A claim can be made up to two years after the attack, although the CICA encourages individuals to make a claim as soon as possible.
Accidents that occur as a result of company or occupier negligence are known as 'occupier's liability'.
Reduced lighting levels, wet floors, broken glass and over-crowding are also potential hazards for customers.
If you were injured in a bar through staff or company negligence, it may be possible to make a claim.
As a visitor to a pub or club, the business owner and the owner of the building have a duty of care to ensure that you are kept safe.
To be awarded compensation, your solicitor will have to prove that someone else was to blame for the accident.
Accidents at work
Kitchen and bar environments mean that employees are sometimes at even higher risk than customers. If you have been injured working in a pub or bar, you would be able to pursue a claim against your employer.
A claim should still be possible even if you were working as a temp, via an agency or on a zero-hours contract.
What if there is uncertainty over who is to blame?
Your solicitor will need to determine that someone else was to blame.
However, 'blame' is not always clear cut. It may be that multiple parties share liability for the incident, or that the injuries sustained resulted from the negligence of more than one person.
Generally, split liability cases will be concluded on the basis of a proportion or ratio of the full pub fall compensation. For instance, if it is estimated that the claimant is 75 per cent responsible for the pub fall, then the claimant will get 75 per cent of the total payout that would have been awarded if the defendant was entirely at fault.
What if I was partly to blame?
If you were partly responsible for your accident, you could claim a reduced compensation amount, though a split liability agreement.
However, if you were injured at work as the result of an accident you may have caused, you may be able to claim the full compensation amount. Your solicitor will consider factors such as:
- Did your employer provide you with adequate training?
- Were you given suitable protective equipment?
- Did your manager ask you to do something unsafe?
Even if you believe you were fully or partly responsible for your injuries, your employer may still have breached their duty of care towards you.
Do I have an injury claim?
You should be eligible to make an injury claim if your injury happened:
- within the last 3 years, and;
- another person was to blame, and;
- that person owed you a duty of care.
Do I have a claim? - Common questions
What if a child was injured?
The 3 year rule does not apply to minors.
A claim can be pursued for anyone under the age of 18 by a parent, guardian or litigation friend. The injured child has up to the age of 21 to start an injury claim on their own behalf.
What if the other party denies liability?
If the defendant denies liability, your solicitor will build the strongest possible case in order to prove that the defendant is responsible for your pub or bar injury. Ultimately the solicitor will issue court proceedings on the defendant. Often this prompts an admission of liability before proceedings begin.
The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:
- the seriousness of your injury, and
- any financial losses or costs you have incurred.
At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injuries have affected your life. Your solicitor will take these considerations into account to calculate the correct compensation award.
This calculation will factor in 'general damages' and 'special damages'.
General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).
Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.
Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.
What can I claim for after an injury? (see list)
Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:
- Lost earnings (including future earnings)
- Medical treatment costs
- Travel costs
- Costs of care
- Costs of adapting your home or car
What is the average injury compensation for an injury claim?
The Judicial College injury tables give a approximate idea of the ranges awarded for different injuries.
However, the money you would receive following an injury will depend entirely on your specific circumstances.
Your injury compensation will be calculated based on the unique impact your injuries have had on your life and your ability to work, and on the actual financial losses you have incurred as a result of your injuries.
Can I claim for prescription costs?
Special damages are awarded for costs or losses incurred as a result of the pub or bar injury injury. Damages can include loss of earnings, treatment cost and any other 'out-of-pocket' expenses such as prescriptions.
Calculate my injury compensation
Calculating how much compensation you can claim for an injury can be complicated.
Our injury compensation calculator tells you if you may have a claim, how much compensation you could claim, and what you can claim for.
Find out what your injury claim could be worth now:
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How long does a pub or bar injury claim take?
The length of time needed to settle a pub or bar accident claim can vary considerably.
A straightforward liability accepted public place accident claim can settle in a few weeks. If liability is denied by the owner or operator, a compensation claim can take longer. Typically, a public place accident claim will take 6 to 9 months. For more information on how long your claim could take, read more:
How else can a solicitor help me?
Your solicitor will handle your injury claim from the initial FREE case evaluation, through to the financial settlement.
Your solicitor will work with other specialists to provide caring and sensitive support and help you with:
- Financial support: interim payments while you are unable to work.
- Advice: on personal injury trusts, tax and welfare benefits.
- Coordination: with rehabilitation providers and therapists.
- Access: to treatment and therapies not always available on the NHS.
What should I do following an accident?
The following steps should be taken as soon as possible after the accident:
- gather witness statements, including names and addresses
- report the incident (e.g. in an accident book if injured at work)
- if you have been injured in a public place such as a shop, report the accident to the owner, management or local authority
- Report the incident to the police (if criminal)
It is worth doing as many of the above as possible - even if months have passed.
Will I have to go to court?
Highly unlikely. Solicitors settle the vast majority of claims out of court.
Less than 5% of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.
Cases that do ultimately go to court are decided by a judge or magistrate, not a jury.
Even if the claim does go to court, it is very unlikely you will have to attend.
No win, no fee
Under a no win, no fee agreement, your solicitor agrees that you will have no legal fees to pay whatsoever if you do not winn your claim .
No win, no fee - our guarantee
Our no win, no fee guarantee means there is zero financial risk in making an injury claim - even if you don't win your claim. Read more about making a No win, no fee claim
What do I pay if I win my injury claim?
Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee which is deducted from your compensation, once your claim is settled. The solicitor's success fee can be up to 25%. Your solicitor will agree a success fee with you before you start your claim.
What do I pay if I do not win my injury claim?
If your injury claim is not successful then you won't have to pay your solicitor any fees. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.
How do personal injury solicitors get paid?
If your pub or bar injury claim is successful, the defendant, or their insurer, will pay the compensation and your solicitors fees.
How we can help you
Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims.
If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open:
- 8am to 9pm weekdays
- 9am to 6pm on Saturday
- 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday
Call us for FREE advice on 0800 376 1001, or arrange a call back from a friendly, legally-trained advisor:
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Can I claim for someone else?
Yes. In certain circumstances, it is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.
If an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process on behalf of the injured person.
The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.
Can I claim if I feel I was partly responsible for my accident?
Yes. You may still be able to claim compensation even if your actions may have contributed to the accident.
However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.
How long do I have to make an injury claim?
In general, you have a time limit of up to 3 years from the date of the injury to make an injury claim.
The last date you can make a claim is known as the claim limitation date - after which your injury claim becomes 'statute barred'.
Can I claim for an injury after 3 years?
Possibly. The general rule for adults is that a claim must be started within three years.
However, the three-year countdown starts on the day you learned of your injury or illness. This will usually be the date of the accident, but could be the date your doctor gave you a diagnosis.
If you were injured as a child, you do have up until your 21st birthday to make a claim.
There other circumstances that can also impact the limitation date. Call us now on 0800 376 1001 to find out if you are still able to claim injury compensation.
In reality, there are a number of factors that can affect whether an injury claim will be taken on by a solicitor.
Will I have to visit a solicitor's office to start a claim?
No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. Personal injury claims are handled by email, post and phone.
Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.
I need the money now - what are my options?
If you are unable to work and have bills to pay, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.
An interim payment is an advance on your compensation payment. Any amount you receive in interim payments would be deducted from your final compensation payment.
Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor
About the author
Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.