Over the last four years, Cornwall Council has paid out in excess of £780,000 for claims relating to personal injury, potholes and damage to property. A recent response to a BBC Freedom of Information Request showed that compensation figures have risen from £187,000 in 2010 to around £207,000 in 2013 – the research also revealed that Plymouth City Council paid out around £2.1 million, more than any other councils which came forward with information.
Whilst the council claimed it kept compensation pay-outs ‘under control’, it seems around £40,000 was paid to people who fell on steps and a further £30,000 was paid for pothole-related injuries last year alone. Alex Folkes, a councillor who manages finances and resources, commented, “Ideally, what we want to do is prevent people tripping or falling in the first place. The trouble is that is impossible to guard against completely, so what we have to do is our best to minimise it.”
The Local Government Association declined to comment on these recent figures as it does not collect statistics.
Have you been injured in your local area?
The roads and footpaths in your area may seem safe, but there is still the potential for accidents to happen. Whether you are injured by tripping in a pothole, falling down steps, slipping on a wet surface or catching your heel in tarmac that has not properly dried, you could claim for personal injury compensation. The council has a duty of care to keep those living in your area safe, so if they have failed to meet their responsibilities then they could be to blame for your accident. Seeking advice from a personal injury lawyer is the best way to determine whether someone else is at fault and has caused your accident and a reputable personal injury lawyer will gather evidence to support your claim.
Claiming for personal injury compensation
If you’ve been injured on a footpath or road or even in a council-owned premises, you could claim compensation from your local authority. Contact Accident Advice Helpline and we will advise you if your claim is viable – you’ll even find out how much you may be able to claim. We’re accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and have experience in the industry, which means you can rely on us to provide you with a professional, individual service. Call our freephone helpline today and receive confidential, no-obligation advice, whether you have decided to claim or just have a few questions about the process.
Source: BBC News