One of the things most of us do is to go out into our neighbourhoods on a regular basis. We may walk out of our front door to go to work each morning. We might go shopping. We might walk to our local school to drop the kids off before walking back home again.
Whatever the reason might be for getting out and about, we wouldn’t expect any of those journeys to include a fall in the street. Sometimes we might be to blame for a fall like this, particularly if we end up falling over our shoelaces if we haven’t done them up properly. But in reality there are cases where people fall over because of the state of the pavement they are walking on.
Uneven paving stone and potholes
We have all come across paving stones that are uneven and perhaps even wobbly as we step on them. In other cases we might come across potholes – these can occur on pavements just as they do in the road, particularly if they are made from tarmac or concrete.
In these cases it is easy to trip or catch your foot on a raised paving stone and to fall over as a result. You might also catch your foot in a pothole and turn your ankle over – something that is very painful to do and can result in a sprain or even a broken ankle.
Does this type of accident mean you could claim street fall compensation?
A variety of factors will need to be taken into account if you are going to try and claim street fall compensation. For example you’ll need to consider the circumstances of your fall and how it occurred.
It helps if you have photographic evidence of an uneven or raised paving stone, or that pothole you tripped and fell in, just in case the problem is repaired by the time you consider making a claim. The more evidence you have to back up your claim, the better.
Make sure you have a chance to make a no win, no fee* claim today by seeking help and advice from Accident Advice Helpline.
Our number is free to call on 0800 689 0500 and you can get no-obligation advice from us as well.
This will ensure you can have the best chance of claiming compensation as a consequence of your injuries.
Date Published: September 14, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead
Category: Slips, Trips and Falls Claims