Suffering a fall on a damaged pavement is no laughing matter, particularly if you have fallen during the winter months or you are elderly. For elderly people, a fall could shatter their bones, leaving them spending time in hospital for hip surgery or other surgery. In some cases a fall could even be fatal.
Your local council has a duty to ensure that pavements and roads in your area are maintained to a safe standard, so if your or someone you love has suffered a fall on a damaged pavement, you can take action against the council.
Normally, the first step would be to report your accident to them, but you may wish to get in touch with a personal injury lawyer first, to see where you stand. If you are eligible to make a claim, you could receive compensation for your pain and suffering, any loss of earnings and the cost of any medical expenses incurred as a result of your injuries.
Damaged pavements are a hazard not only for the elderly but for people of all ages, including children, and if you notice a pavement in your area which is damaged or uneven, you should report this to your local council.
How have you been injured?
Injuries sustained after a fall can vary in severity, depending on how you land. Here are a few examples of the types of injury that you could suffer after falling on a damaged pavement:
- Injuries to your ankles or wrists, such as a sprain, strain or broken bones
- Cuts and bruises
- Broken leg or hip
- Head injury such as concussion
- Broken fingers or toes
If you have been injured, no matter how minor or severe your injuries, you might wish to consider claiming compensation from the local council. After all, it’s their fault that you tripped on a damaged pavement and injured yourself.
Trust us with your claim
At Accident Advice Helpline, we know the last thing you need after being injured is more stress, which is why we’re here to make the personal injury compensation claims process as simple as possible.
Firstly, we offer a 100% no win, no fee service. But we also offer confidential advice, with no obligation to go ahead with a claim, so you can call us with your questions or just to find out more about the claims process.
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Date Published: December 6, 2014
Author: David Brown