26 March 2015
Public Toilet Injuries Are No Laughing Matter
As the cold winter weather slowly ebbs away leaving us with the greener pastures of summer, for those not travelling abroad the UK festival season is around the corner. Always among the top of the list of noteworthy shortcomings for festival goers, beneath the inevitable rain, is the subject of festival toilets. Seldom considered amidst conditions of cleanliness are the potential hazards of public toilets at festivals or otherwise, and in the event of an injury there is a question of liability when making a compensation claim.
Festival toilets by nature are hazardous and, in more ways than one, should be approached with caution. Not least the combination of British weather, muddy fields, and potentially outnumbered (if any) cleaning crews, can surmount to incredibly slippery floors and surfaces.
It is often the case that those who have suffered a Personal Injury in a Public Toilet find it difficult to find out where liability lies. Festivals take place on an owner’s land, managed by festival organisers, with the toilets often provided by another party. In the event of an accident that wasn’t your fault in a festival toilet, Personal Injury Lawyers can help to find who is liable for the insufficient Health & Safety provisions of their premises.
Slater and Gordon Principal Personal Injury Lawyer Tristan Hallam said, “Although in festivals or similar where there are generally numerous contractors present, it is initially difficult to see who the potential defendant is, many festivals are run to such a high standard that a single contractor will be used to provide toilet facilities.
“Of particular importance, and vital in a claim, is in obtaining as much evidence post-accident of the hazard, witness statement from friends of member of the public, photographs and even and detailed entry in an accident book are all going to be incredibly useful is establishing a claim.”
Headlining Victims of Toilet Injuries
A surprising number of public toilet-related accidents and injuries have made headlines in recent years.
A Festival-goer unfortunately dubbed ‘Poo Girl’ was reluctant to leave her handbag unguarded after being a victim of theft at a previous festival. Upon a visit to the portable toilet at Leeds Festival, her bag tragically swung from her shoulder into the toilet. Because of the important contents of her handbag, she leaned in to retrieve her bag and got her shoulders wedged and was trapped headfirst in the toilet until firefighters could rescue her.
Much more severe were the personal injuries sustained by a man who was servicing a Urilift pop-up toilet in Amsterdam. Such designs are used in Islington, Watford and Guildford in England. The toilet exploded, blasting a moped into the air as well as inflicting severe abdominal injuries to the victim. Similar is the tragic scenario in which a young boy was fatally injured when he suffered head injuries due to an exploding septic tank.
But accidents in public toilets aren’t always dramatic and far-fetched, often accidents are caused by the significant risk of slips and falls in public toilets which are not always regularly serviced and cleaned, sometimes falling short of health and safety standards. One of the most common concussion scenarios is when someone slips on a wet bathroom floor, hitting their head.
One of the consistent themes of toilet-related injuries is the private nature of a bathroom visit delaying assistance in the event of an accident, with victims discovered injured without help because of locked doors and friends not knowing where they have gone.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers offer a free consultation for people injured in accidents that were not their fault. If you were injured on or off the toilet, call our Personal Injury Lawyers on freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online and we'll be happy to help you. Your claim will be assessed on a No Win, No Fee basis.
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