Uneven pavements are a constant source of accidents, but some surfaces are significantly more hazardous than others, so it will come as no surprise that we are sometimes asked, ‘can I claim for an accident on a cobbled street?’ Typically, accidents result in abrasions, sprains and breaks to arms or legs, though more serious injuries can be sustained, such as fractures to the skull.
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we employ expert advisors, one of whom will be happy to discuss your specific case and suggest the best way forward. If the advisor believes you have strong case, we will allocate one of our experienced solicitors to instigate legal proceedings against the individual or organisation that was allegedly negligent. If your accident on a cobbled street occurred on a public highway, it might be the local council’s responsibility; if you were on private property, for example in a garden centre, it might be the owner who will be sued.
What information will I be asked to provide?
We treat every case individually because the circumstances surrounding each incident are unique. Therefore, before we can give you a definitive answer to a query such as, ‘can I claim for an accident on a cobbled street?’ you will be asked to provide some information and confirm you meet key criteria:
- Your claim must be submitted within three years of the date of the incident. There are some exceptions.
- You must prove that you were not responsible for your accident on a cobbled street.
- No claim can be made if you are unable to identify the individual, organisation or group responsible for your injuries.
- A medical report must be provided.
In addition to these essential requirements, there is other information that will improve your chances of receiving compensation:
- Make a note of the names and contact details of any witnesses or have someone else do it for you.
- Photos of the site of the accident will be helpful, so take some yourself or ask someone else to take them on your behalf.
Claiming for an accident on a cobbled street
Your Accident Advice Helpline solicitor will contact your doctor and ask for copies of all the medical documents associated with the accident. It is essential that you visit your local A&E Department or see your GP as soon as possible. Your solicitor will also obtain statements from witnesses, collate photos and finally decide if you do have a viable case.
Contacting Accident Advice Helpline
To contact us you can call our 24/7 Helpline: from a landline phone 0800 689 0500 and from a mobile dial 0333 500 0993.
On our homepage you can use our 30-second test, which will give you a good idea of how much your claim could be worth. You can also use this tool to arrange for one of our advisors to call you and discuss your case in detail.
So if you would like to know whether you can claim for an accident on a cobbled street, contact us today.
Date Published: August 20, 2015
Author: Lee Tadd