Tripping in the street may be an embarrassing experience, especially in a busy shopping area. However, embarrassment may be the least of your worries if you suffer a head injury or a broken bone from your fall. Some cities have ‘problem areas’ where the pavements have been destroyed by excessively bad weather or wear and tear. If you find an area like this, you should report it to the relevant local authority. It doesn’t hurt to notify the local council as they may not be aware of how dangerous the street is to pedestrians.
However, there are cases where the council are aware of the problem streets but do not have the budget to keep up with regular repairs. If so, they are putting the public at risk of falling or tripping while going about their day to day business. There may be instances where a fall is just the result of carelessness, but there may also be cases where the fall could have been prevented. If you have tripped in the street and have sustained injuries, you could claim compensation from the local authority at fault for the accident.
When to claim for a trip or fall
Life can be stressful and people are often in a hurry to meet appointments or to make work on time. However, if you do fall in the street because you were running or you trip because you failed to look where you were going, you are unlikely to be entitled to compensation. On the other hand, if you have fallen because of a hole in the pavement or because the pavement was unstable, you could make a claim for compensation. Tripping in the street can result in painful injuries, but you can claim compensation if you wish to ensure that it does not happen to someone else.
You may be in pain and feeling a little humiliated from your fall but making a claim is your legal right and it gives you the opportunity to address the issue of poorly maintained pavement with the relevant authority. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which specialises in personal injury claims and we can help you to make your claim at no initial cost to you. Call our free 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out more or to begin making your claim.
Date Published: January 22, 2015
Author: David Brown