How many of us walk down the street every single day and don’t think twice about it? The answer would probably include most if not all of us. In reality, we use pavements in our local area all the time and we don’t ever think we could end up being injured as a result of doing so.
It is heartening to know very few of us will ever find ourselves in a situation where we might end up incurring an injury of some kind as a result of walking along a pavement, just as we normally do.
The majority of pavements throughout each borough and county are in excellent condition and would not be in a condition to cause someone to have an accident. However, there are occasionally instances that happen where dangerous pavement compensation is paid out.
Have you had an accident on a pavement near you?
A pavement will usually only be potentially dangerous if it is poorly-maintained or in a condition where it could trip someone up. For example if the ground beneath a paving stone is not level, the paving slab could wobble as someone treads on it. It might be uneven and have one edge raised far above the others, providing a potential tripping hazard.
Another occurrence where dangerous pavement compensation might be paid out is when a pavement has broken up in bad weather and has potholes in it. Not all pavements are made from paving slabs, after all. Some are made from tarmac or concrete.
In this case the surface can break up under some weather conditions, creating potholes that someone could catch their foot in. indeed, some people have fallen over, twisted ankles and hurt their hands and even knocked themselves out on occasion due to such incidents.
Has this happened to you?
You might have a chance to claim compensation if you’ve had an accident of this kind because of the poor condition of the pavement you were walking on at the time. As such you should seek proper legal advice if you believe the council was negligent in their maintenance of the pavement in question.
Just call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500 if you believe this was the case. Our experts can consider your story and see whether you have enough evidence to back up and begin a claim for compensation.
Date Published: September 14, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead