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Almost £1million of compensation set aside for Apollo ceiling collapse victims

Posted in: Personal Injury Public Place Accidents 

After the ceiling of the Apollo Theatre in London collapsed last month, injuring 79 members of the audience, insurance specialists have calculated that over £1million could be paid out in public liability compensation.  A performance of the play ‘The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time’ saw the theatre packed at the time of the accident, with 58 people taken to hospital with severe injures.

25 ambulance crews and an air ambulance rapid response team arrived at the scene, alongside eight fire engines and more than 50 firefighters.  The insurer said that each injured member of the audience would win compensation between £5,000 and £10,000, with even higher amounts being paid out to those who suffered more serious injuries.

“Easily go over £1million”

9 of the audience members sustained particularly severe injuries and will expect to win compensation exceeding £80,000.  Theatre insurance specialist, Andy Rudge, said: “This could easily go over £1million in total if some of these [personal injury claims] are indeed more serious.

The cause of the accident is still not apparent, with Westminster City Council currently investigating the surrounding circumstances; however, the results of the investigation may not be disclosed for another few months.

The owner of the Apollo Threatre in Shaftesbury Avenue described the incident as “shocking and upsetting” and apologised to all staff and audience members involved.

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