Suffering any kind of pavement fall can really knock the wind out of you. Of all the accidents that you might suffer, this is probably one of the more familiar ones to many of us. Of course often it will be just that – an accident.
However in other cases there could be a reason for you having an accident like this that is not down to you. You might suffer pavement fall shoulder injuries, for example, because the pavement you were walking along was not in good condition.
Every council is responsible for maintaining the pavements in their area. If they do not do this properly they might end up being responsible for accidents where people are injured.
How do you find out whether someone else has been negligent?
It can be difficult in some cases to work out who was responsible. For example if there was only a very slight difference in height between two paving stones, one of which you tripped on, you might end up not being able to make a claim for compensation if you suffered pavement fall shoulder injuries.
However it is always best to get no-obligation advice if you can. You never know if you might be successful in making a claim, which is why the team at Accident Advice Helpline always encourage people to call us to work out the facts of the situation. It can be tricky to work out who was to blame and who might end up being successful at getting some compensation.
Recovering from injuries
Shoulder injuries can be problematic as you cannot really put your shoulder in plaster if you suffer a broken bone. Even when soft tissue damage occurs it can take a long time to heal.
Sometimes people have suffered shoulder injuries when they have landed on them in an accident like this, only to find they have been left with pain and discomfort for a long time afterwards.
Imagine trying to sleep, carry shopping or do any one of a number of other things with an injury of this nature.
Just as you will need expert medical advice to secure the best recovery, you will also need expert legal advice to determine whether a compensation claim might meet with a successful conclusion for you. Call 0800 689 0500 to speak with someone at Accident Advice Helpline now if you want advice.
Date Published: August 13, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead