Dangerous walking surfaces such as pavements that are not maintained or walkways with potholes and tripping hazards could cause injury to pedestrians who use them. It would be easy for someone to trip and fall, and they could experience bruising, cuts or sprains. A really bad fall could cause worse injuries, such as head injuries or broken bones in the face. A person could also become injured trying to avoid a dangerous area; they may have to walk beside the designated walkway and thus be in danger from vehicles on the road.
Not all areas are maintained by the council — some private roads may be maintained by private individuals or companies, but they still have responsibility to ensure that dangerous areas are not easily accessed by the public and have warning signs to ensure that people are aware of dangers. A trip on a dangerous surface could also occur within a building; whoever owns and maintains this building has a responsibility to ensure that it is safe for the people who use it. This could be a public building such as a library, a shopping centre, a school or even your workplace, in which case your employer would be responsible.
Your right to compensation
If you have been injured due to dangerous walking surfaces, you could be eligible to receive compensation. Councils have a responsibility to maintain public land, which includes walkways and pavements that pedestrians use in towns, cities and villages. They need to repair potholes and broken pavements, and make sure that walking surfaces are safe. If someone is injured because of a poorly maintained walking surface, then the council may be liable for the injury caused and have to pay compensation.
Whose fault was it?
Negligence is the key word here, and if there is evidence that this played a part in your injury then there is a good chance that a successful claim could be made. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have a proven track record of helping people to make claims just like these. We have a team of accident and injury experts who can offer you free, no-obligation advice over the phone about your case; just call 0800 689 0500. You can discuss your case with them and decide if you would like to go through with a claim. If we do not take your case on or do not win your case, there is nothing for you to pay.
Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown