Pedestrians don’t normally tend to think of themselves as being in any danger when they are walking along a pavement. The biggest potential hazards come when they are crossing a road or going anywhere else where they might be in closer contact with traffic.
However, there can be potential hazards on pavements that have nothing to do with traffic. This is particularly the case with partially-sighted people, since they are not able to see the same degree of detail that most of us would take for granted. Accident Advice Helpline have dealt with injuries to partially-sighted people that have caused pain and suffering.
What kinds of injuries might occur?
There have been situations where partially-sighted people have failed to see obstacles on the pavement in front of them. For example, A-board signs can be problematic since a cane or walking stick can get caught up in between the sections of the A-board. This can cause the person to trip over or walk into it, either of which could potentially cause an injury.
Our team of advisors have dealt with cases of a similar nature. Being able to take up cases on a no win no fee* basis means that we do not have to charge our clients for the privilege of using our service. This also means that the client can lodge a claim for damages without being concerned about the potentially high legal fees that could arise as a result.
It’s not just the injury that a partially-sighted person suffers which can be a problem — they may also need to recover a degree of confidence after such an incident. Many rely on their cane or walking stick to help guide them through the streets, but as we can see there are instances in which they may still be injured. In these cases, it can knock their confidence to go out alone, as well as having the physical injuries to recover from.
If you or a relative has experienced an accident of this nature, there could be a potential to make a no win no fee* claim. If this is the case, Accident Advice Helpline can provide you with the information you require to determine the exact circumstances in your case. Call us on 0800 689 0500 and our expert advisors will be on hand to make sure that you have the professional advice you need.
Date Published: May 12, 2015
Author: David Brown