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Claim for falling in Natural History Museum

I want to make a claim for falling in natural history museum on a slippy floor and damaging my knee. However my son said that there might be an issue with something called contributory negligence. What is contributory negligence and will it affect my claim?

I cannot say whether contributory negligence will affect your claim for falling in Natural History Museum or not without knowing the specific details of your claim. Contributory negligence is when the person initiating a claim can be held somewhat liable for their injuries because they contributed slightly to the accident. Because your son thinks that this may be an issue, he must think that you did contribute to your fall somewhat. If it is found that you were partially responsible, this will be reflected in your final settlement which will be reduced by a percentage to reflect your carelessness. This could be the case if perhaps the area of the floor was clearly signposted and you did not notice due to your own lack of care, or if you perhaps were responsible for the floor being slippy. The only way to know if you could be deemed negligent is by contacting a personal claims injury lawyer as soon as it is convenient and explain to them the particular circumstances surrounding your accident.

If neither of these scenarios applies you could perhaps have a sufficient claim for falling in Natural History Museum. Like all public places where a whole host of people attend on a daily basis, The Natural History Museum owes the general public a duty of care to maintain a safe atmosphere while they are on the premises. This duty of care was breached the moment you slipped and hit the ground. Another way to avoid being accused of liability for your injuries is by receiving medical treatment right away. Hopefully your health was your top priority and you attended your local emergency room rather than depending on the first aid that was likely to have been administered at the scene. Otherwise there will have been no record of the knee damage occurring and you won’t have much proof of when you sustained your knee injury. If you haven’t yet, you should also make a report in the museum’s “Accident Report Book”, being as comprehensive about the incident as possible. This will also serve as further proof of the incident occurring.

This general overview of your entitlements and what you should do next is no alternative to consulting a solicitor as soon as possible. Only by telling them the details of your incident and them subsequently taking into consideration the severity of your injury, your age and gender, your general state of health prior to the incident, pain experienced and suffering incurred will you be able to find out if your claim is worth pursuing and how much it might be worth.