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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

    Health and Safety News

    Local trench is drowning accident waiting to happen

    By David Brown on September 16, 2014

    Community councillors in Maddiston have expressed concerns about a dangerous trench which regularly fills with floodwater when it rains. The trench behind Glendevon Drive fills with water up to 18 feet deep and the council believes it is a drowning accident waiting to happen.

    Greenbelt, a company which maintains and regenerates green space for communities, owns the land, but they claim that a Barratt Homes development is responsible for the flooding. A representative for the community council said that it could cost up to £150,000 to drain the trench and fill it in. Ashley Ainslie, a resident of Glendevon Drive said, “It is an accident waiting to happen. There is a huge risk of children drowning. The fence which has been put up is totally inadequate.”

    A spokesman for Greenbelt said they are seeking a resolution. He commented, “Greenbelt shares the concerns of residents. Unfortunately, the developer has yet to engage, either with Greenbelt or the council.” Maddiston Community Council said the drowning accident concerns were raised regularly at monthly meetings whilst Falkirk Council said that finding a solution was ‘proving difficult.”

    Injuries caused by negligence

    If you or a member of your family has been injured on land owned by the council or by a private company, you could claim compensation. Those who are responsible for the land have a duty to ensure it is safe – if it’s not, they should ensure it is inaccessible to the public, by erecting a fence, for example. In the story above, local residents claim the fence erected is inadequate. If a local child were to drown or be injured as a result of this, it would be a fairly simple process for their family to claim compensation. If something similar has happened to you, contact a personal injury lawyer to find out whether you are eligible to claim.

    Can you claim compensation?

    Call Accident Advice Helpline today to find out whether you have a viable claim, however you’ve been injured. We’re here to offer confidential, no-obligation advice and a 100% no win, no fee** service, and our freephone helpline is open 24/7. Whether you have sustained minor injuries or been forced to take months off work to recover from more serious injuries, you may be able to claim, provided it’s within the three year time limit. You can take the 30-second test on our website today to find out how much you could claim, or get in touch to speak to a member of our team.

    Source: Falkirk Herald

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    Date Published: September 16, 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Category: News

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