Tripping on a broken kerb, slipping on an unfinished road surface or being injured by objects falling from scaffolding – high street injuries can and do happen, usually when you least expect them.
Picture the scene – you’re shopping on the high street on a busy Saturday afternoon, hunting for the latest fashions, when you catch your heel on a broken paving stone and fall to the ground.
You might be lucky enough to sustain only minor injuries like a sprained wrist and cuts and bruises, but the potential exists for much more serious injuries to occur, including facial and head injuries as well as broken bones.
Who is responsible for your accident?
Unlike some other accidents where it’s immediately obvious who is responsible, such as a car crash caused by a dangerous driver, it isn’t always clear who is to blame for high street injuries after an accident on the street. If you’ve been injured by a falling shop sign, the shop owner could be held liable.
If you have suffered injuries after a slip, trip or fall caused by damaged paving or a broken kerb, the local council could be at fault as it is their responsibility to ensure that the pavements and roads are well maintained and safe for the public to use.
You may even have suffered serious injuries after a pavement collapse caused by a construction problem or underground explosion – in this case the exact circumstances of the accident will determine who is liable.
For example if a faulty gas main has exploded, the gas supplier could be at fault for failing to maintain the pipes. If demolition or building work in the area has caused a structural collapse, the company in charge could be responsible for your injuries and ordered to pay you compensation, whether you have suffered cuts, bruises and broken bones or a life-changing head injury.
Why should you claim compensation for high street injuries?
Why not? You’re not responsible for your accident and you’ve had to take time off work, suffering financially and in pain from your injuries. You may even have needed medical treatment and, in the case of serious injuries, you could find yourself unable to return to work or left searching for a new job.
You’re entitled to make a claim if your accident was caused by somebody else, and you can trust Accident Advice Helpline. Call our freephone 24/7 helpline on 0800 689 0500 and find out today whether you have a viable claim. Or take the 30-second test on our website now, to see how much compensation you and your family could receive.
Date Published: September 1, 2015
Author: Paula Beaton