At Accident Advice Helpline we are commonly confronted with cases of slips, trips or falls that occur while walking on the footpath. When thinking on a slip or trip whilst walking on the footpath, the first injuries that tend to come to mind are cuts, bruises and scratches. However a slip or trip when walking on the footpath can lead to a number of more serious injuries such as concussions, deep lacerations and broken bones. Some unfortunate victims of an accident when walking on the footpath need corrective surgery and may be left with permanent scarring as a result.
Who’s liable for my injuries?
This really depends on the nature of your accident. If the pavement was in a state of disrepair, for example a pothole deeper than 2.5cm, then your local authority with responsibility for upkeep of the footpath is at fault. In this instance you may pursue a public liability claim against your local authority. If, for example, the injuries were caused by a collision with a cyclist improperly using the footpath, then the liable party would be the cyclist.
What should you do in the event of an accident when walking on the footpath?
If you’ve suffered an injury when walking on the footpath, you will need to prove that you weren’t at fault. Report the accident to your local authority as soon as possible. If the accident was due to disrepair, take photographs which accurately depict the state of disrepair as this will support your claim. Take note of the location of the accident and take down any names and addresses of witnesses to the accident. Not only will reporting the accident to your local authority help support your claim, but it can also provide a valuable public service in helping to prevent others from suffering the same injuries as you.
Making a claim through Accident Advice Helpline
If you’ve been the victim of a slip or trip when walking on the footpath and you weren’t to blame, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to make a 100% no-win-no-fee* claim for compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline’s free phone number 0800 689 0500 for more information. Making a claim for compensation won’t alleviate the pain and suffering you’ve endured as the result of an accident but can go towards offsetting the financial ramifications that can occur.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown