Student Receives £27,500 After Night Club Slip
Our client, who is in her early 20's and a student nurse, was out in the evening at a night club with her friends when she slipped on a spilt drink that had not been cleaned up. Gary Tierney, our Partner specialising in Personal Injury, recently helped her secure a large sum in compensation for her injuries.
Our client was walking through the nightclub in the bar area when she slipped and fell on a spilt drink. An ambulance was called and she was taken to hospital where an x-ray found that she had fractured her leg.
Our client needed an external fixator (metal structure on the outside of the leg) for 19 weeks, and continued to experience pain and swelling after this was removed. She still suffers from the continued effects of the injury, with pain and cramping in her knee and ankle, and she has been left with scars from the external fixator
She needed to move back in with her parents for 23 weeks following her fall because of the extra help she needed with mobility and caring activities. Our client needed to take this time off work, meaning she had to repeat her exams and work placements. She also wasn't able to graduate at the same time as her friends and had to wait until the following year to attend her graduation.
How We Helped
Gary helped our client by obtaining evidence to support her case from an orthopaedic surgeon and a psychiatrist. He then helped to settle the case by making sure the nightclub admitted liability for our client's injuries, and went on to negotiate a favourable financial settlement of £27,500.
Why Is This Case Interesting?
Many people don't realise that you can claim compensation for falls that you have suffered in an environment like a nightclub, pub, or a bar
. You may think that split drinks are an inevitable part of going out, and wouldn't think to claim if you happen to slip on one.
Gary explains:"This case is interesting because it shows that even in an environment such as a nightclub, the owners still have a duty of care to visitors to provide a safe place to walk and dance. A drink that has been split and failed to have been cleaned up presents a danger to people in the nightclub. In venues where there is the possibility of split drinks, the owners must have a policy in place such as regular inspections and cleaning, failing which accidents can occur."
Getting the Right Help
If you have suffered an accident that isn't your fault, it is important to get the right legal advice. Injuries like those sustained by our client can seriously affect your working and personal life, which is why it is essential to make sure you get any compensation you could be entitled to.
Our client also went on to request help from our team of financial advisors at SM Financial
with regards to setting up a personal injury trust
.If we have helped you secure compensation for a personal injury, our independent financial advisors can help you make the most of this settlement by providing advice on trusts or investments.