Thirteen people have suffered injuries after a mezzanine floor collapsed at an east London pub. Accidents in bars can be relatively common. However, if an accident such as this happens, then you may be able to make a compensation claim.
According to recent reports, firefighters rescued seven people who were trapped after the collapse. Four of these then went to hospital.
London Fire Brigade station commander Sacha Clement said crews found seven people who were trapped upstairs on the remaining part of the mezzanine floor.
“Crews used a ladder to bridge between the floor and the internal staircase to get them safely out of the building,” the station commander said.
LFB said crews from three fire engines from Homerton, Bethnal Green and Leyton fire stations and two rescue units from East Ham and Edmonton stations attended the scene.
A spokesman for Tower Hamlets Council said it is working with the emergency services and a structural engineer to assess the privately-owned building. A statement from the bar said the venue would remain closed “for now”. They added: “Our thoughts are with everyone affected.” It said “thankfully” no-one had sustained critical injuries.
Accidents in Bars
There are many different accidents in bars, pubs and nightclubs that could cause accidents for both patrons and employees – more so when you take into account alcohol consumption. Common causes include:
- Drink spillages and broken glass on the floor
- Poor lighting
- Cluttered stairways
- Defective flooring
- Unsafe furniture
The landlord who owns the pub, bar or nightclub has a duty of care to ensure they maintain all interior and exterior areas, such as car parks and beer gardens. This means they are obliged to keep patrons and workers safe from harm. However, landlords can sometimes fail to spot or repair something that could potentially cause an accident. This is when you could potentially have the right to claim for compensation.
All bar owners must make sure they follow the rules set out in the Occupiers Liability Act 1957. They must do this to minimise the risk of accidents happening. If you have an accident in a bar, pub, or nightclub, and it is due to the fault of the owner or landlord, then you may be eligible to make a personal injury claim.
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Here at The Compensation Experts, we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with personal injury claims. This includes accidents in bars. So contact us today by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly experts.