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What can I do if I had an accident in a night club in France? Can I claim damages for my injuries?

Here is your guide to claim damages for your injury!

Night clubs are an entertainment venue like any other public place, such as hotels, restaurants, and shopping malls, accordingly this means precautions should be taken by the club’s operator to avoid any type of accidents.


Accidents in nightclubs are common; if you did suffer one, our multilingual personal injury lawyers can assist you to claim compensation for the injury you suffered.


What are the causes of accidents in a night club?

There are multiple common causes for night club accidents, such as:

  • Poor lighting
  • Defective flooring
  • Slipping on split drinks or broken glass on dance floor or near bar
  • Overcrowded stairways
  • Insufficient guards or security


Who is responsible for night club accidents?

In French law, owners/operators of night clubs have a duty to take all reasonable measures to prevent accidents from happening. As a customer, if your accident occurs due to a breach of that duty, (such as a lack of maintenance of the place), then the owner would be liable for this.

If your accident was due to a third-party’s fault or negligence, then the latter will be liable.


What should I do if I had a night club accident?

Depending on the severity of your injuries, if possible immediately or as close as possible to the date of your accident

  • Report the accident to the club and ask them to provide you with a copy of the accident report
  • Get contact details of any witnesses of the accident.
  • Take photos of the cause of the accident – for example, the area where you slipped.
  • Seek medical attention and keep a record of your injuries over time.


Is there a time limit to raise the compensation claim?  

Yes, in France the time limit for personal injury claims is 10 years from the date of consolidation of the initial or aggravated injury. However, you should not wait to seek legal advice, as it is crucial to act quickly to gather the necessary evidence.


Thank you to our legal intern Nada Haggag for her contribution to this article!


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