Have you ever fallen over on a pavement? It can be an embarrassing experience, but to be honest it can also potentially be a serious one if you sustain some nasty injuries. The injuries you might have could depend on how you fall and whether or not you are able to break your fall. For example if you cannot do so your face is likely to hit the floor and this can lead to severe pavement fall facial injuries.
If this happens you might sustain a broken nose, damaged cheekbones and definitely cuts and bruising. You might well need medical treatment in this case, but you might also be wondering whether negligence led to the accident occurring in the first place.
How can negligence lead to pavement fall facial injuries?
Every council has a duty of care to all those who live in the area. This duty of care includes the requirement to maintain all roads and pavements the council is responsible for. In this situation regular checks will be made on the pavements and roads and any problems that are seen are noted and fixed as soon as possible. When this happens there is a good chance that no accidents could therefore, happen.
There could potentially be cases where someone might neglect to do these repairs in ample time. If this is the case there could be a chance that someone might experience a fall that could reasonably have been prevented.
Obviously once you have received treatment for your injuries you will need to recover. This could take time and the initial day or two will undoubtedly be the most uncomfortable for you. You may end up with bruising and swelling that take a day or two to fully develop, so this will be uncomfortable and painful. Ice packs can be good to help bring out the swelling and reduce the pain, but you might also need painkillers to help cope with the discomfort of some more serious facial injuries.
In the meantime you should give Accident Advice Helpline a call. Our number is 0800 689 0500 and you will get through to an expert advisor who will consider whether you have a good case to bring a no win, no fee* claim. Compensation claims are undertaken by our skilled lawyers, so make that call today.
Date Published: June 18, 2015
Author: David Brown