A pavement fall can be so easily done. You don’t look where you are going and the next minute you’ve tripped over something and you’re flat on the floor. Of course, the reason for a fall like this is very important to find out.
You might be the cause of the fall, such as if you feel poorly or you trip over your shoelaces. However there could be other occasions when the condition of the pavement itself is to blame.
In these cases you could suffer from pavement fall arm injuries. This is likely to happen because you could trip and fall and put your arms out in front of you to try and break your fall. This might prevent you from hurting some other part of your body, but you could end up hurting one or both arms in the process.
Examples of how pavement fall arm injuries might occur
In this instance you may not get time to put your hands out in front of you. If this should happen you could bang your elbow or otherwise cut or hurt your forearms as you land on the floor. This might mean you break one or more bones in your arm (or arms, if you are unlucky) and that will mean being put in plaster for a period of time.
On the other hand the injuries you suffer from could be surface injuries. This would mean suffering cuts and bruises to one or both arms. If this happens you may well feel pain and you might need stitches if the cuts are particularly bad.
How do you find out who was at fault?
If you were to blame for the accident you would probably be well aware of it. However if you suspect someone else might be to blame you could still have trouble trying to prove it.
The pavement must be in reasonable condition and be well-maintained by the council who is responsible for it. If you suspect this hasn’t been the case you might have a good argument to make for compensation.
If you suspect this is the case, call Accident Advice Helpline as soon as possible. You can make a claim within three years of your accident occurring. The first step is to call 0800 689 0500 without charge to get some no-obligation advice on what you should do next.
Date Published: August 13, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead