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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

    Footbridge accident counselling

    If you are struggling with the psychological after-effects of a footbridge accident that was not your fault, it could be useful for you to receive footbridge accident counselling.

    What is a footbridge accident?

    A public footbridge is a bridge designed for pedestrians and, in some cases, cyclists. It is used to cross rivers and highways safely and thus the person or authority responsible for its maintenance has a duty of care to the general public. In the case of a slip, trip or fall because of poor maintenance, this duty of care has been compromised and you may be liable for compensation. A footbridge accident can be painful and can lead to chronic aches and strains in the weeks and months after the incident. There can also be significant psychological trauma and your doctor may decide to refer you for footbridge accident counselling.

    How do I find a counsellor?

    If you wish to receive counselling as a result of your accident, you will need to seek a referral from your GP. In most circumstances, the NHS refers patients to a counsellor but private treatment is also an option, for example, if there are no NHS appointments available within a reasonable time.

    How much will it cost?

    Whilst counselling under the NHS is free, you will be charged for sessions with a private clinic. However, Accident Advice Helpline can be there to support your recovery. We cannot pay for your treatment but we can fight to get the fees, or a portion of the fees, returned to you, through a personal injury claim. To find out how much counselling compensation you could be eligible for, just call one of our friendly advisors direct today. Our expert lawyers work on a no win, no fee basis so you won’t have to pay any upfront charges when making your claim.

    Am I eligible to make a claim?

    To be eligible for compensation, the footbridge accident must have occurred within the last three years. It must also have been the result of negligence on the part of the person, or authority, responsible for the structure. This can include uneven surfaces, damaged handrails or guards, and loose paving slabs. You will need to give a personal account of the incident and provide as much evidence as possible to support your claim. You cannot claim for accidents that were a consequence of personal incapacity such as trips and falls related to poor eyesight or coordination. However, injuries resulting from a failure to maintain the footbridge, for example, cracked or broken paving stones, are, in most cases, legally attributable to the person or authority responsible for the safety of the structure.

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    What is the next step?

    If you have received, or are due to receive, private counselling, and would like help recovering a portion of the costs, call us direct today on 0800 180 4123. We operate a free 24-hour helpline and our expert advisors are here to make sure that you are always in the loop when it comes to compensation.

    Date Published: October 28, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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