Pub or Bar Accident Claims Guide

Welcome to our guide to making a pub or bar accident compensation claim. If you’re considering suing a nightclub for an injury, or claiming for accidents in a pub. this guide could be very helpful in ascertaining whether you could claim and how to do so.


There are thousands of pubs and bars up and down the country and as one of the biggest industries for employment, millions of people enter the doorways of pubs and bars every day. It therefore stands to reason that pubs and bars are one of the main locations for accidents and injuries to occur.

In this guide, we’ll look at whether claiming against a pub or suing a nightclub for an injury might be a possibility for you.

Who could claim for accidents in a pub or bar?

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Pub or bar accident compensation claim

Whether staff or customers, accidents in bars and pubs are relatively common with the wide array of potential hazards in the environment. From burns and cuts to falls and well floor slips, there are many reasons why you may need to think about a pub or bar personal injury claim.

Catering and hospitality staff are more likely to suffer a trip or fall accident than in any other industry but there may be other causes for pub or bar accident claims. You may have slipped on a wet floor in a pub or be the victim of employer negligence. Similarly, as a customer, you may have also fallen victim to similar causes of injury while in a pub, bar or nightclub.

Make a pub or bar accident compensation claim with our help

If you have suffered an injury as the result of an accident in a pub, bar or nightclub, as a member of staff or a customer, then you may be entitled to compensation. Beginning a claim might seem daunting but this guide is designed to help explain the process and how Accident Claims can help you get the compensation for being injured in a pub you deserve. Once you have looked through our handy guide to see if you could be entitled to compensation, call us today on 0800 073 8801 to speak to one of our advisors.

A guide to pub and bar injury claims

This guide aims to explain pub or bar accident claims to give you as much information as possible if you are considering beginning a claim for compensation for pub, bar & nightclub injuries. For many, they thought of starting a claim for compensation is a daunting one as they might not know whether they are even entitled to compensation nor the best way to go about beginning their claim. If you have suffered an injury from an accident that was not your fault though, you may be entitled to claim compensation to help cover any costs of treatment or time of work.

There are many different types of accidents and injuries which may occur in a busy bar, pub or nightclub setting. This guide aims to help explain what types of injuries can be claimed for and help give you a rough idea of the amount of compensation you may be awarded if your claim is successful. Once you have read through this guide, you should have a rough idea what is involved in suing a nightclub for an injury and the process you can expect to go through, including any difficulties you might face as well as where to turn for practical and helpful advice with your claim.

Suing a nightclub for an injury might be possible if an avoidable accident occurs in which you are injured. Where risks like broken glass, slippery floors or inadequate lighting aren’t mitigated for, you could seek compensation for any subsequent injuries.

What are bar or pub accidents?

At the last official count by the British Beer and Pub Association, there were just over 50,000 pubs in the UK. When you combine that figure with the number of bars and nightclubs across the UK you can begin to see why such a large number of accidents and injuries occur in these establishments. There is a wide range of types of accidents and injuries which may occur in a pub, bar or nightclub setting and each injury will vary in its severity and have far reaching implications.

Some of the different types of causes of accidents in nightclubs, bars and pubs could include slip, fall, no wet floor sign or a cut or burn in a kitchen resulting from poor health and safety policy. Other causes may include poor maintenance of the property or gross negligence on behalf of the establishment owner or operator. You may also have experienced an accident as the result of a third party’s actions. Whatever the cause of your accident, knowing how to sue a bar for negligence or knowing how to claim for compensation for being injured in a pubis valuable information.

Food industry injury statistics

If you work in the food industry then you and your employer should be held to stringent health and safety policies, designed to keep you safe whilst at work. These policies should identify potential hazards and outline how you should work in order to be safe from accident and also outline the standards to which your employer should maintain your place of work as well as outlining the training you should be given.

Latest health and safety statistics

If we take a look at the HSE statistics for 2020- 21, we can see that there were a number of people injured in non fatal accidents at work. The causes for accidents at work can vary, but the most common reasons for workplace injuries during the period we’ve just mentioned, include:

  • Slip, trip and fall accidents all on one level – there are a number of reasons that people could be injured in a slip trip or fall accident. They may trip over hazards that have not been removed, such as an improperly fitted rug. They could slip on a spillage, or they could fall from an unsafe balcony. Approximately 33% of all non-fatal injuries during 2020- 21 related to this type of accident.
  • The next most common cause of workplace accidents was lifting carrying or handling incidents. This could lead to musculoskeletal injuries, amongst all the types of injury.
  • Further to this being struck by objects, falling from height, and acts of violence also caused non fatal injuries.

You can see a full breakdown in the graphic below.

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No matter what type of accident you will have suffered an injury in, if your employer was negligent in protecting your health and Safety at Work, and you suffered injury as a result, you could claim

Common types of bar and pub accidents and injuries

There can be a variety of causes of accidents in bars, pubs and nightclubs but here we will look at some of the most common.

Accidents and injuries caused by spillages or broken glass

As previously mentioned, slips and falls are the most common cause for any accident in the workplace and this is no different for a pub or bar setting. For staff and customers, wet floor slips are a serious hazard. In an environment such as a nightclub, bar or pub, where there are copious amounts of liquid being carried and poured in an array of vessels by many different people in a crowded environment; breakages and spillages are nigh on impossible to prevent.

However, if a drink has been spilt or a glass broken and this has caused you to slip and fall resulting in an injury, then the establishment may be liable for your accident. If the spillage or breakage has not been cleaned up in a timely manner for example, nor adequate warnings provided about the hazard, then you may be entitled to compensation for an injury sustained as a result.

Accidents and injuries caused by lack of maintenance

All pubs, bars and nightclubs have a responsibility to their staff and customers to provide a safe environment by law. The Occupier’s Liability Act (1957) outlines the operator of a bar, pub or nightclub’s duty of care to provide a safe environment for staff and visitors to the premises, providing protection from accidents resulting from the dangerous or defective condition of the property. This covers beer gardens, car parks, smoking shelters and other external areas of the property as well and the interior and any furnishings.

You may be entitled to compensation for being injured in a pub if the accident was the result of loose carpet, faulty furniture, uneven stairs, for example. If the establishment has failed to maintain their establishment then suing a pub for compensation may be an option.

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