Most of us know of an elderly friend or relative who gets out and about quite often, but who is perhaps not quite as sprightly as they used to be. While many people might experience a fall now and again, perhaps because they trip over an uneven pavement for example, the elderly are particularly prone to being injured when OAP pavement falls occur. This is because we all naturally become frailer with age.
Accident Advice Helpline has considered many potential claims in the past where people have been injured through falling over on a pavement. It is important in such cases to consider whether someone has been injured through a lack of maintenance of the pavement itself. If negligence can be proven to have occurred, someone may be in a position to make a no win, no fee* claim.
How serious can OAP pavement falls be?
Our reactions slow as we age. This means a trip over a paving stone could result in a younger person being able to break their fall before the hit the pavement. However, an elderly person may not be able to do the same thing. In this case they may also incur broken bones and severe bruising because they are not as strong or resilient as they were when they were younger. Often you will see photos of people who have been injured in this way and the bruising is very severe indeed.
Every council has a clear duty of care to maintain the pavements and roads in its jurisdiction. This means that any accident that occurs due to the presence of uneven paving stones or loose stones of some kind could potentially mean negligence can be proven.
Recovering from an accident
Elderly people may take longer to recover from such an accident than younger people as well. This means someone who suffers such a fall on a pavement may not fully return to normal. They may also lose their confidence in going out if they suffer a fall that causes them to be badly injured.
Make sure you get no-obligation advice today if you have been through a fall of a similar nature within the last three years. Call 0800 689 0500 to get in touch with the team at Accident Advice Helpline now. It’s the best way to see if a no win, no fee* claim could meet with a successful outcome.
Date Published: June 18, 2015
Author: David Brown