A simple trip on a pavement may not sound like too nasty an accident to have. Most of us have done it at some point or another. However most of us don’t incur an injury as a result of this type of accident.
You may not even fall over at all. However some people do become injured when tripping over a pavement, especially those who may be elderly or infirm or fell awkwardly and thus experienced a nasty injury in the process.
Pavement trip compensation has been paid out to many people over the years, and it will continue to be paid in those cases where a clear case of negligence can be proven. It helps to have some legal advice and support in this area.
Why might you trip on a pavement?
Pavements can be made of various materials. Sometimes you will see paving stones laid that you can walk on, but on other occasions tarmac or concrete are used to provide a smooth flat surface to walk on.
In every case though, there should be no risk of being injured by tripping over on the pavement surface. Paving stones should be laid properly so there is little to no edge between them.
A raised edge could provide you with a potential tripping hazard. Similarly if the tarmac or similar surface is broken up for some reason, perhaps through cold temperatures in the winter, this might create a pothole you could trip over in.
Does this type of accident mean you could claim pavement trip compensation?
There are situations where people have been injured and they have been able to win compensation as a result of those injuries. For this to happen they need to prove that someone was negligent in their maintenance of the pavement.
This would usually be the local council. Whoever is responsible, it is important to have all the facts together so a potential case for compensation can be considered.
By calling a company like Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, you can learn more about your situation. Depending on the circumstances and on the injuries you suffered, you might be entitled to claim a sum in compensation.
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Date Published: September 14, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead
Category: Slips, Trips and Falls Claims