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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Countryside path accident advice

    Countryside path accident advice

    You may be looking for countryside path accident advice if you have recently sustained an injury while walking on a path surface.

    Accident Advice Helpline can offer you the best advice and legal representation if you decide to pursue a personal injury claim for the accident.

    This claim can recover the costs of your slip, trip, or fall if you have been injured during the last three years and it was due to the negligence of a local council or another third party.

    Potential injuries

    External pedestrian path surfaces must always be well maintained and safe for the general public to use. Depending on where the path is, it is the duty of the owner of the property or the local council to decide whether the path is a ‘high priority’ surface. This means that it should be accessible and safe to use for people of any age and those with mobility issues, sensory impairments, or limited hazard perception. For example, a path located in a World Heritage site or castle will be frequented by many visitors while more wild and rugged terrain will not.

    More than half of all injuries reported by the general public are due to trips, slips, and falls. If you think that a third party contributed to your injuries by being negligent, then we can make a claim on your behalf. You could claim if you slipped on mud or leaves on a path that should have been cleared away, or if you fell over an upturned pavement that had not been flagged as a health and safety hazard. Broken bones, concussions, and other head injuries are the most common injuries sustained after falling on path surfaces.

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    Getting in touch with Accident Advice Helpline

    If you were injured while walking on a countryside path, then we recommend that you call our free 24-hour helpline from a landline on 0800 689 0500. Our advisers can talk to you about your accident and establish how and why it happened.

    We can then match you with a solicitor if we think that you are eligible for a no win, no fee claim. You must have received medical assistance of some kind for your injuries, and it must have been the fault of a third party. To obtain the estimated value of your claim, visit our website and make use of our online compensation calculator.


    It is the duty of the local council or path owner to carry out inspections on a regular basis to identify any hazards which may have been brought about by bad weather or general use by the general public.

    The Construction Design and Management Regulations 2007 also require designers to consider hazards during construction, so lighting and slopes should be taken into account. If someone’s negligence caused your injuries then they may be liable and we can make a claim against them.

    Documenting what you can remember about the accident will help our expert solicitors to prove your claim. Photographs and witness accounts are also both great sources of evidence. Filing a claim can make your life easier following a serious accident, so give us a call today.

    Date Published: November 15, 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.