Slipping and tripping is a part of everyday life; people are in a hurry to get to their destination and accidents do happen. However, it is different when a simple accident like this could have been easily avoided by actioning some pavement repairs or by filling in holes in the road. Many driver complain about potholes due to the damage caused to their vehicles. However, holes in the pavement could cause a serious injury to a pedestrian, particularly if they are a vulnerable adult or a child. Holes in the road or pavement may be due to wear and tear or they may be due to weather damage.
Pavement damage may be caused by heavy vehicles, such as garbage trucks or delivery vans. There may also be damage due to a lack of maintenance by the local authority. Although local authorities do try to keep up with road repairs, there may be budget constraints which prevent them from maintaining the pavement more regularly. There is the possibility that someone could sustain head injuries or even a broken bone from falling over damaged pavement in the street. You could be entitled to compensation for tripping on poorly-maintained pavement, particularly if you have sustained a serious injury.
When compensation can be claimed
As mentioned above, slips, trips and falls are a part of everyday life and you may have tripped in the street because you were not looking where you were going. This is not generally a case for compensation but there may be exceptions. If you have fallen because there was a piece of metal sticking out of the ground or if you have been injured because a hole in the ground was not filled in, you may be able to win a cash sum.
Compensation for tripping on poorly-maintained pavement
Accident Advice Helpline offers all potential clients no-obligation advice over the phone so, if you have sustained injuries because the pavement you were walking on has been poorly-maintained, you could get in touch with us. Our team are experts in personal injury claims therefore you will be in safe hands if you call our free 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500. As a law firm which has been in business for 14 years, we have helped thousands of claimants to win compensation for accidents which were the fault of a third party.
Date Published: January 22, 2015
Author: David Brown