Wedding Day Personal Injury Claims Guide – How To Claim Compensation For A Accident At A Wedding?

    Your wedding should be the happiest day of your life. Many people spend over a year planning their big day and invest thousands of pounds into it, some getting into debt to pay for the occasion. If your wedding has been ruined because you suffered a wedding day personal injury that was not your fault, you could be entitled to claim compensation. Similarly, if you were a guest at a wedding and were injured or made ill because of an accident that was caused by negligence, you could be owed compensation. wedding day personal injury

    Wedding day personal injury claim

    Wedding day personal injury claim

    Trust Legal Expert to handle your wedding day personal injury claim. We are a specialist legal firm who work with a panel of experienced personal injury solicitors who could handle personal injury claims anywhere in the UK. 

    Whether you wish to claim for wedding food poisoning, an injury caused by hotel negligence, or for suffering an injury just before the wedding that was not your fault, Legal Expert can help you. Call us today for your free personal injury claims consultation. One of our advisors would be happy to speak to you in-depth and if you have the right to claim, we could connect you with an excellent personal injury lawyer to handle your case. To begin your wedding accident claim, call Legal Expert today on 0800 073 8804, or use our online claims form to contact us. If you are eligible to make a claim, we would love to win you the compensation that you deserve.

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    A Guide To Wedding Day Personal Injury Claims

    In 2018, the average cost of a wedding was estimated to be £32,273, including the cost of prenuptial events leading up to the big day, such as engagement parties and hen parties. As well as spending a large amount of time and money on a wedding, a couple often makes a huge emotional investment in this once in a lifetime event. In fact, many people dream about the perfect day all their lives. 

    To have your wedding ruined due to an illness or injury on the day or just before the wedding can be a very disappointing experience and can also make you feel like you invested all that time and money for nothing. As a consolation, a bride, groom or wedding guest who was injured or made ill because of negligence on the part of another person or organisation, could be entitled to claim compensation. You could claim general damages to compensate you for your injuries or illness and special damages to reimburse you for any financial losses you have incurred as a result of your injuries. Read on to find out more.

    In this guide to making an accident claim for your wedding, we will look at common reasons why a bride, groom or wedding guest could become injured as a result of negligence just before or during a wedding. We will also advise you on what to do if there is a problem with the wedding caterers and will provide information on how to claim food poisoning compensation. We will also look at a case study where a bride suffered a foot injury before her wedding due to negligence on the part of the venue, and have included a personal injury claims calculator to help you estimate how much compensation you could receive. Remember, if you have been injured or made ill at a wedding, because of negligence on the part of the venue or another party, you could be entitled to claim compensation. Contact Legal Expert today for your free consultation and if you can claim, we will provide you with an excellent personal injury lawyer to handle your claim.

    Source: www.hitched.co.uk/wedding-planning/organising-and-planning/the-average-wedding-cost-in-the-uk-revealed/

    Burns And Similar Injuries On Your Wedding Day

    Several different things can happen at a wedding which can cause a bride, groom or wedding guest to become burned. This can include decorative candles being placed in an unsafe area, improper use of fireworks, improper use of sparklers—a popular photography technique includes photographing the bride and groom playing with sparklers at slow shutter speed, so the light trail is visible in the picture. If you have been injured by any of these items due to improper use by another party (for example the venue, wedding planner or a photographer), rather than your own misbehaviour, you could be entitled to claim compensation. Similarly, if a venue or caterer served you food or a beverage which was too hot, causing burns, you could be entitled to claim wedding injury compensation.

    If you wish to make a wedding day personal injury claim for compensation, call Legal Expert today for your free consultation. If you are eligible to claim, one the excellent personal injury solicitors from our panel will start working on your case as soon as possible.

    Sprains And Strains On Your Wedding Day

    Sprains and strains are a form of soft tissue injury that can be caused by falls, for instance. Examples of ways in which a bride, groom or wedding guest can suffer a sprain or strain injury can include suffering whiplash if they are involved in a car accident when being driven to or from the wedding venue, suffering a slip or trip accident due to hazardous flooring or falling down the stairs if a handrail is broken. As people drink alcohol and dance at weddings, this can make potentially hazardous flooring or staircases even more dangerous.

    If you have suffered a sprain or strain on your wedding day, you may be able to claim compensation if the accident was not your fault. Contact Legal Expert today, to see if you are eligible to claim and to find the right solicitor to work on your case.

    Food Safety Laws In The UK

    According to the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, food providers such as caterers, hotels, venues or restaurants have a duty of care towards their customers to ensure there is no threat or risk of harm to their health and safety whilst providing them with services. This means if a customer becomes ill because of food poisoning at a wedding reception because the chefs did not store or prepare the food properly, they could be held liable.

    Under the terms of the Consumer Protection Act 1987, if a customer can prove that a hotel, restaurant, venue or caterer has caused them to become poisoned by food, the provider could be held liable. As a result, they could claim compensation for their injuries. Your local Environmental Health Officer could help prove that the venue was the cause of your food poisoning so contact them immediately after you become ill, so they can gather the evidence needed.

    Some brides or grooms worry that they may be blamed if a guest becomes ill because of food poisoning at their wedding reception. We have been asked, “A guest got food poisoning at my wedding, am I liable?” by clients before. The answer is no. Unless you catered the wedding reception yourself, or directly tampered with the food to create the food poisoning outbreak, it is the venue or caterer that will be sued for wedding food poisoning. 

    To begin your claim for wedding food poisoning compensation, contact Legal Expert today.

    What Steps Should You Take If You Have Food Poisoning?

    If you are made ill with a case of wedding food poisoning, it’s important to take steps to minimise the effects of your illness and stop you from contaminating others. This includes seeking the correct medical assistance and staying off school, college or work for 24 hours to avoid cross-contamination.

    As well as this, there are also things you can do to collect evidence that can be used when the caterer is sued for food poisoning. This includes informing the Environmental Health Department of your local council as soon as possible that you have been made ill, so your local Environmental Health Officer can conduct an investigation. If possible seal some of the food that you believe made you ill in a freezer bag so the Environmental Health Officer can investigate it. Keep any paperwork to prove you (or if you were the guest, the bride and groom) paid for the meal and collect names and contact details of any witnesses who saw you becoming ill.

    If it can be proven that you have been made ill because of food poisoning at a wedding reception, the venue or caterer could be sued for wedding food poisoning. Call Legal Expert today to speak to one of our informed advisors about your concerns.

    Slips, Trips And Falls On Your Wedding Day

    Wedding venues should be well run and checked regularly for health and safety hazards. If a venue neglected to fix a hazard, such as a slip, or trip hazard, causing the bride, groom or guest to fall and become injured, they could be held liable for any injuries caused and have to pay the injured person compensation. Examples of hazards in wedding venues that can cause slips or trips include loose or cracked paving slabs outside the venue, loose floor tiles, a nail sticking out of a floorboard, leaking toilets causing the floor to become slippery, spilt food or drink that has not been cleaned up and wet floors that have not been signposted. The injuries that a slip, trip or fall accident can cause include minor injuries such as a cut, or more severe injuries such as a soft tissue injury or a broken bone.

    To begin your wedding day personal injury claim for an injury caused by a slip, trip or fall accident call Legal Expert today to see if you are entitled to claim compensation. If we can see that you are eligible to claim, we will assign an excellent lawyer to handle your case right away.

    Road Traffic Accidents On Your Wedding Day

    For many, a dream part of their wedding day may be travelling to the ceremony or travelling from the ceremony to the reception venue in a chauffeur-driven classic car or sports car. So it’s probably every bride or groom’s nightmare to be involved in a road traffic accident on the way. If you have been injured because of a car accident on your wedding day which was down to negligent actions on the part of your chauffeur, you could be entitled to claim car accident compensation for your injuries.

    Even if you were not seriously injured, you may also be able to claim compensation for loss of enjoyment, if the shock of being involved in a car accident ruined your big day.

    I Suffered From Food Poisoning At My Wedding, Can I Claim Compensation?

    There have been incidents where the bride sues the caterer or the groom sues the caterer because they became ill with food poisoning at their wedding. If you can prove that your food poisoning was caused by a problem with the wedding catering or venue you could be entitled to claim compensation. Call Legal Expert today, to see if you are entitled to claim food poisoning compensation for your wedding today.

    Case Study: Compensation For A Bride Injured On Her Wedding Day

    We will now look at the case study of Mrs H, who was injured on her wedding day because of negligence on the part of a hotel. Mrs H was staying at the hotel where she was due to be married. On the morning of her wedding, she went to eat her breakfast, then walked outside for some fresh air.

    She was wearing flip flop shoes because her toes had just been painted. Unfortunately, the metal plate on the bottom of the revolving door was missing a screw and had come loose. As it spun it sliced through her right heel. Because she had hair and beauty appointments to go to before the wedding started, she didn’t have time to go to the hospital but a friend who was a nurse bandaged her foot up for her. During the wedding, Mrs H was unable to walk properly and suffered a debilitating level of pain, which meant that she had to leave the wedding early. Mrs H visited a hospital the next day. Unfortunately, because the cut had swollen, the doctors were unable to stitch it up. Instead, she had to take antibiotics and avoid going in the sea or the swimming pool during her honeymoon to avoid getting her cut wet, causing a loss of enjoyment. She also had to pay for extra legroom on the plane.

    Usually, personal injury claims such as this are settled promptly. Unfortunately in this instance the group that owned the hotel Mrs H was staying at denied liability and tried to blame her for her injuries, because of her choice of footwear. In the end, the matter was settled in court and Mrs H was awarded a five-figure sum in compensation.

    Case study reference – www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/brides-big-day-ruined-after-10478633

    How To Claim Damages For An Injury Or Illness On Your Wedding Day

    To begin your wedding day personal injury claim contact Legal Expert today. If you have legitimate grounds to claim, we could assign an excellent personal injury solicitor from our panel to your case, who may start working on your wedding day compensation claim right away.

    Damages You Could Claim After Being Injured On Your Wedding Day

    If you make a successful wedding personal injury claim, you will be awarded a compensation package that will come in two parts: general damages and special damages. 

    General Damages

    The purpose of general damages is to compensate the injured person for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity that they have experienced as a result of their injuries or illness.

    Special Damages

    Special damages are designed to compensate the injured person for any financial losses they have experienced in relation to their injuries. Here are some examples of special damages you could claim for a wedding day injury, below:

    • Medical expenses
    • Travel expenses
    • Mobility equipment expenses
    • Home adaptation expenses
    • Car adaptation expenses
    • Loss of income
    • Loss of enjoyment

    Calculate How Much Your Wedding Day Injury Claim Could Be Worth

    You can use our personal injury claims calculator to estimate how much compensation you could claim in general damages (calculator excludes special damages). The figures contained in this table have been taken from the Judicial College Guidelines, a legal publication used by solicitors and the courts to value claims. It’s important to note that these are just estimates. The value of any claim is very much dependent on its unique facts. This will, however, give you an idea. For a more precise valuation of your claim,  call Legal Expert to speak to an advisor.

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    No Win, No Fee Wedding Day Accident And Injury Compensation Claims

    If you make a wedding day accident claim with Legal Expert we can give you the option of entering into a No Win, No Fee agreement, also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). The CFA is designed to offer claimants financial protection and the confidence to pursue justice. If you sign a CFA with a solicitor from our panel, you will not have to pay any fees upfront, nor will you have to pay any fees during your claim either. And if your claim is unsuccessful, you will not have to pay any of the fees your solicitor has incurred in pursuing your case.

    If your claim is successful, your solicitor may seek a small contribution towards their costs. This is known as a ‘success fee’ and would be deducted from the compensation awarded at the end of the claim. Don’t worry, the success fee is legally capped and will be set out in clear terms in the CFA. 

    Call Legal Expert today to enquire about making a No Win, No Fee claim. Or read our online guide today to learn more.

    How We Can Help Those Injured On Their Wedding Day To Claim Compensation

    If you have suffered an illness or injury on your wedding day or while attending a wedding due to an accident that you did not cause, call Legal Expert today. We can offer you all of the legal help and support that you need. Our panel of solicitors has decades of experience in handling personal injury cases like these and will guide you through the complexities of the claims process with ease. They will battle to ensure you recover the maximum amount of compensation possible and will regularly update you on the progress of your case. What’s more, you will have the option to make a No Win, No Fee claim, so there is less financial risk involved for you.

    Speak To The Legal Expert Team Today About Making A Wedding Day Personal Injury Claim

    To begin your personal injury claim, contact the Legal Expert team today. You can call us on 0800 073 8804, or use our online claims form to arrange a time for us to call you back. We look forward to hearing from you!

    Helpful Resources And Guides On Wedding Day Personal Injury Claims

    How Much Compensation Can I Claim For An Accident In A Restaurant? – Find out in this guide from our site.

    How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Pub Or Bar Accident? – You can find out how to make a claim and how much you could be owed in this guide.

    How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Slip, Trip Or Fall? – This guide takes you through the process of making a slip or fall claim.

     

    Written by Chelache

    Edited by Billing