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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Common accidents on the footpath


    The most common accidents on the footpath are slips, trips and falls caused by uneven paths or grates, loose paving stones and potholes, not to mention snow and ice.

    Occasionally, poorly signed holes in the ground, due to roadworks, such as electricity or water main repairs, as well as lack of barriers preventing access to such trip and fall hazards, also result in accidents on the footpath.

    Other accidents on the footpath

    On occasion, a shop may have boxes or pallets stacked on outside their premises. Here, the risk is pedestrians sustaining injuries by tripping over kerbs or by stepping into the path of vehicles.

    Other pedestrians stopping in the middle of the path to have a conversation can have
    the same consequences.

    Common injuries

    Slip, trip and fall injuries can vary significantly both in type and severity. Depending on the circumstances, an injury by tripping over a pothole, for instance, can result in anything from a few minor grazes, cuts or bruises to ankle or wrist sprains, broken limbs or more serious back, neck or head injuries.

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    Liability for accidents on the footpath

    Who is liable for footpath accidents depends on the circumstances surrounding a trip, slip or fall.

    If, for example, you were injured by tripping over a loose paving stone or pothole, your local highway authority would be liable, as it is their duty to maintain roads and footpaths.

    If, on the other hand, you tripped over a box or were forced to step off the pavement and tripped on the kerb, the shop owner causing the obstruction may be held liable.

    Why liability matters

    When you are injured by a trip, slip or fall on a public footpath, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Naturally, in order to make a claim, you will need to know who to claim against. Establishing liability for a footpath accident is therefore essential.

    Accident Advice Helpline

    Over 15 years’ experience in the personal injury claim industry allows our in-house legal team to establish liability and secure compensation for members of the public injured through no fault of their own, quickly and efficiently.

    If you had a slip, trip or fall on a footpath in the past three years, give us a ring and we will not only assist you in establishing who was liable for your no-fault accident, but support you throughout your claim on a no-win, no-fee basis.

    The freephone number to call from your mobile is 0333 500 0993. If you are using a landline phone, dial 0800 689 0500 instead.

    Date Published: April 29, 2016

    Author: Accident Advice

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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