With low lighting, regular spills of food and drinks and steep seating arrangements, cinemas and theatres are high-risk venues for accidents to take place. Owners and managers of these facilities have a responsibility to minimise these risks and keep members of the public safe on the property. Unfortunately, when they fail, this can result in accidents and serious injuries.
If this happened to you, you might be owed compensation. At Switalskis, we’ve represented many clients who sustained injuries in a theatre or cinema and helped them to claim the compensation they’re owed. This can help to pay for things you need during your recovery, enable you to take time off work, and cover any financial losses you experienced due to your accident.
Sometimes, people lose confidence when they’re injured in a public place. They might feel embarrassed, think that their injuries are too minor to report, or believe that the accident was their fault. Making a claim can help to prevent similar accidents from happening to other people in the future, and hold cinema and theatre managers accountable for their mistakes.
Don’t sit quietly in the dark. Talk to us about what happened to you, and take action to put things right. Call Switalskis today on 0800 138 0458 , or get in touch through the website , to learn how we can help.
At Switalskis, our approach is tailored to your needs. That means we’ll start by talking to you about your experience. We want to know what caused your accident, how you were injured, and how it has affected your life. If you’re struggling emotionally, we’ll provide whatever support we can, and talk about what you want to achieve by making a claim.
Then we’ll start building your case by looking at the evidence. That includes talking to eyewitnesses and taking their statements, reviewing any CCTV footage that’s available, and looking at your medical records to understand the nature of your injury.
If we need to go to court, we’ll represent you through these proceedings. We’ll remain by your side throughout the process, and do everything we can to secure the result you’re looking for. We’ll always strive to make sure you receive the maximum amount of compensation that you’re owed.
Theatres and cinemas are often thought of as being relatively safe, but there are several particular risks that patrons can face. If you have been injured in any of the following ways, you might be eligible to make a personal injury compensation claim:
Premises like theatres and cinemas must by law adhere to health and safety standards to minimise the risk of accidents. If they fail, and you’re injured as a result, you could be entitled to compensation. The accidents listed above are only examples, so don’t feel deterred from contacting us if you experience a different type of injury. Chat with us about your accident and we’ll let you know whether you can claim.
There are a few factors that affect the process of making a claim. While your Switalskis solicitor will always push to resolve the case as soon as possible and make sure you get the compensation you deserve, there are several steps where the defendant might introduce delays.
In general, the claims process plays out as follows:
This process can take anywhere from a few months to a few years. Each case is different and you will be advised about the possible timescales throughout the lifetime of your claim.
For most personal injury claims, there is a three-year time limit from the date of your injury in which you can make a claim. This is called the limitation period.
In some cases, the three-year time limit applies differently - or not at all. These include:
While these are general rules, there are sometimes exceptions. It’s important to act as soon as you can to secure compensation for an injury of this type.
It can be a daunting experience to make a personal injury compensation claim, especially if you’re concerned about what will happen if you lose. Many people fear that they’ll owe expensive legal fees if they make an unsuccessful claim. However, this is never usually the case.
In fact, there are several ways to fund a claim that minimise any financial risk. This means you can make your claim without the fear that you will lose money. These include:
There may be other options available to you, but this all depends on your specific situation. During our initial consultation, we’ll talk you through all of the possible funding options to see which one best applies, and help you work out the best approach to funding for your claim. We want to make sure that no one is prevented from seeking compensation due to their financial circumstances.
The advice above doesn’t only apply to members of the public. If you work in a cinema or a theatre and are injured due to the negligence of your employer, you may be eligible to make a claim.
This shouldn’t affect your employment. It’s illegal for your employer to take retaliatory action against you for making a claim. Contact Switalskis today to discuss the situation and learn more about making a claim as an employee.
Personal injury claims come in various shapes and sizes, each with its own set of rules, challenges and considerations. At Switalskis, we've got the expertise to handle a wide range of personal injury claims. Here's a quick rundown of the various types of personal injury claims we can help you with:
If you’ve been injured in a theatre or cinema because of someone else’s actions or negligent behaviour, it’s important to speak up. Taking action is the only way you can help prevent similar accidents from happening to other people in the future and to seek accountability for what happened to you.
To start the process, or for a friendly chat about your accident claim, call Switalskis today on 0800 138 0458 , or contact us through our website.