Falling due to a pothole can be an easy thing to do when you are walking on a pavement or crossing a road. You expect that public surfaces will be looked after and safe for both vehicles and pedestrians but sometimes this is not the case and accidents can happen. Sometimes a pothole can be difficult to see especially for the elderly or if it is in a dark, unlit area. A fall in the road can be very dangerous especially if there is oncoming traffic.
What injuries can a pothole fall cause?
It depends how you fall – it could be a simple graze or it might be something much more serious. Head injuries and broken bones can happen if the fall is serious and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to breaking bones and suffering serious bruising when they fall. There may also be cuts and lacerations after falling on hard tarmac or stony ground and pavement edges. These injuries can result in a person needing to spend substantial amount of time in hospital for medical care and in serious cases they may need operations to repair injuries such as broken bones or severe lacerations.
This can be distressing and can mean that you cannot work or need to make arrangements to look after other things in your life while you get better. Making a claim for pothole fall compensation might help you to pay for additional costs you incur because of your accident.
Who is responsible for fixing potholes?
If the pothole is on public land such as a public road or pavement, the council is most likely responsible for looking after the road and making sure it is safe. They may be liable to pay compensation if it is shown they have not made the surface safe for drivers and pedestrians. Accident Advice Helpline can help you to claim this compensation and will fight on your behalf for the best result for you. Your accident may have occurred on private land, in which case the landowner may be responsible for ensuring it is maintained and safe.
If you want to make a claim for pothole fall compensation get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. We have experience of dealing with many fall injury cases as well as 15 years’ experience in the industry, so you can be happy in the knowledge you have the right people fighting for you.
Date Published: November 30, 2015
Author: Sarah Douglas