If you have ever fallen on the pavement somewhere, whether it is near home or while on holiday, you will know how painful (not to mention embarrassing) it can be.
While many people get away without any real injuries, other than the odd bruise here or there, others might suffer from pavement fall leg injuries. These can be incurred if the individual cuts their leg as they fall or falls awkwardly and ends up fracturing a bone in their leg instead.
Any fall can incur injuries – it all depends on how the person falls and whether there is an obstacle in their way. A fall can happen quite quickly too. Imagine for example a paving stone is very uneven and rocks from side to side as you tread on it.
This can send you off-balance and make you fall. You might also trip over a paving stone if it is raised significantly above the level of its neighbours. This too could lead to an accident happening.
A duty of care
The local council is responsible for the condition of the pavements in their area. They should check the condition of all pavements on a regular basis and then be in a position to fix and mend anything that could be a potential hazard.
Pavement fall leg injuries shouldn’t occur if everyone is careful about where they are going, and if the pavements themselves are in good condition. This second element is where the occasional compensation claim might be made.
After all, if you trip and fall over and incur pavement fall leg injuries as a result of an uneven or raised paving stone, this would not be your fault. If you can prove negligence occurred and led to the accident happening, this will be more likely to result in a successful claim.
What should you do?
Obviously your first port of call will be to get medical attention for your leg injuries. This could mean visiting your GP, but if you suspect you have a fracture you might need an ambulance or some other transport to get to A&E.
Once you have been treated you can find out whether you have a chance to make a compensation claim. Just call the team at Accident Advice Helpline to learn more on 0800 689 0500. We will work to support you if you have a good case.
Date Published: August 13, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead