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Injury in nightclub compensation payout
Boyes Turner Personal Injury compensation specialists acted for a South African national who suffered a nightclub injury in a nightclub in London.
The elderly grandmother was visiting her family in the UK and had gone to the nightclub to enjoy an early evening drink with her husband. As she walked through the club she was hit by a partition wall which suddenly collapsed on her. She suffered painful injuries to her heel and was treated in hospital where she the wound was sutured.
She had to attend a GP for several weeks to dress the wound and the wound became infected and she required antibiotics. She was in constant pain for several months and had to take pain killers and could not walk or care for herself without assistance .She was left with significant scarring and was unable to wear shoes other than backless shoes because of the sensitivity of the scar tissue. She was unable to look after her grandchildren as she had done prior to the accident and her holiday in the UK was ruined. After returning to South Africa she was unable to work as she had done prior to the accident and her husband had to take time away from his business to care for her. Her hobbies of tennis and gardening could not be pursued.
A claim was made against the owners of the nightclub for breach of their duties under the Occupiers Liability Act 1957. All public premises including nightclubs have a duty of care to their customers to take precautions to prevent injury. This is even more so when there an entrance fee is paid. Public premises have public liability insurance to deal with any claims for nightclub injury compensation.
The claim for club injury compensation included treatment costs, transport costs, care and assistance costs, loss of earnings, loss of enjoyment of holiday, wasted tennis club membership and cost of special backless shoes.
An early admission of liability was secured but the defendant disputed the amount of compensation and proceedings were therefore issued and served. Detailed witness statements were prepared and served and expert medical evidence was obtained detailing the nature and extent of the injuries and scarring. A trial date was given by the court and negotiations were pursued with the defendant’s solicitors to reach a settlement. One month before trial the matter was settled for £14,500. There were no deductions from the claimant’s compensation and the case was dealt with under a “No win no Fee“ arrangement.
The service was personal, professional and considered. I was treated so kindly and in the end I knew that not only had I found the right organisation but also the right person.
Boyes Turner client