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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

    I was injured on a coastal path, can I claim?


    If you have recently taken a trip to the seaside and have had an accident on a designated coastal path you will be wondering, “I was injured on a coastal path, can I claim?” To find out whether that is in fact the case you should contact Accident Advice Helpline.

    The risks

    Coastal paths are beautiful places to go for a walk but they can be extremely dangerous, with many sections being located on the top of cliffs with unfenced edges. Cliffs can be unstable and falls of material are not uncommon. If an area has been deemed dangerous, there should be clear signage to indicate this to prevent people from straying into hazardous areas. If this has not been made clear and you have suffered an injury from an accident that could have been prevented, then you may well be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

    What to avoid

    An accident on a coastal path often results from slips and trips so great care is essential when walking on rough ground. You should also be aware of any potential dangers before setting out on a walk. For example, if there are severe weather warnings, do not set out on a coastal trip that entails walking on high ground. Also ensure you know the times of the tides if any beach walking near cliffs is involved. It is also a good idea to carry a first aid kit, as well as a mobile phone, and food and drink in case you do get stranded or lost. Mobile phone reception can be bad, so also inform someone of where you are going and what time you are likely to return.

    Authorities’ responsibility

    Officials should perform regular checks on coastal paths to determine their safety and any changes in possible hazards. If these are not carried out regularly or correctly, it can lead to accidents. If you were injured on a coastal path, and you feel that the accident was no fault of your own, then contact us on our free 24-hour helpline – 0800 689 0500 – to find out if you are eligible to make a claim. We will need to build the best possible case for you so we will need you to help us gather all of the facts. For example, after the incident we advise that you take as many photos as possible that clearly show the area in which you were injured. These photos could help us identify who was at fault; if it was not you, you could have good grounds for a compensation claim.

    At Accident Advice Helpline our expert legal advisers work on a no win, no fee basis. We will deal with your query in a professional and efficient way and we always endeavour to gain the highest possible amount of compensation for our clients. We are aware that accidents can be very stressful times, as you may have had to spend money on getting to hospital appointments or take time off work. This is why claiming the compensation you deserve is important – if you have been injured through no fault of your own – to help recoup your financial losses. If you are curious as to how much money you could receive from a claim, you can use our 30-second online compensation calculator to give you a good idea of what you would be likely to receive.

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    Date Published: August 24, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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