A Freedom of Information Request has revealed that Cumbria County Council paid out over £1.5 million to settle injury claims over the last three years. The majority of this sum (£1.3 million) was to settle injury claims for trips or falls on council-owned roads and footpaths. Despite this high payout, a reported 77% of claims made against the council are unsuccessful.
James Airey, Conservative leader for the council, said, “It’s a huge figure to be paying out for problems which could be solved. You’ll always get people taking a local authority to court, but we should be dealing with quick-fix problems in a better way. In my patch, there are pavement problems which have been reported and they take weeks to mend. It’s a management issue. I’m not saying the council is dreadful, but alarm bells have been rung by this figure, which is pretty enormous. You must spend money to save money, because you could fill in an awful lot of holes for £1.5 million.”
Those who have been injured due to trips or falls could make a claim against their local council, as it is their duty to ensure that public footpaths and roads are well-maintained.
Claiming for a slip, trip or fall
If you have suffered an injury after a slip, trip or fall on a poorly maintained road or footpath, what can you do about it? With so many things in life, there’s not a lot you can do, but this time it’s different. If your local council has been negligent and failed to maintain footpaths or roads in your area to a safe standard, you could make a claim for personal injury compensation. A lawyer will be able to advise you whether you have a viable claim and let you know how much compensation you could be entitled to receive.
Don’t miss this opportunity
There’s a three-year time limit in place to make a claim, so act quickly and call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 to find out whether you have a viable claim. We’re here to offer confidential, no-obligation advice and our team of professional personal injury lawyers works on a 100% no win no fee* basis – so what do you have to lose? We make the claims process as simple and stress-free as possible, however you have been injured after a trip or fall. Don’t delay – get in touch with us today to find out how we can help you to get the compensation you so rightfully deserve.
Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown