One of the most common types of injury is people tripping on uneven paving slabs or damaged asphalt, and many of these people do not think anything of it and simply carry on with the rest of their day. There are, however, some people who end up seriously injured as a result of this type of accident and they have grounds to claim for pavement trip compensation. It is the responsibility of the local council to ensure that the pavements are in good order and do not pose a hazard to anybody.
Whether the trip is the result of poor maintenance or due to an unsecured object, this counts as negligence on the part of those responsible. You have the right to be able to walk down the street without the risk of injury from a pavement trip. If you have suffered a broken bone or other injury then it is worth talking to injury claims specialists such as Accident Advice Helpline.
You do not have to have broken a bone, however, in order to make a claim. A twisted ankle could lead to you having time off work. You can damage joints and hurt your back easily with a fall on a pavement. In some cases it may not seem to be a serious injury on the day, but it can lead to other problems later on. Back injuries can recur time after time, so it is a good idea to make a claim as this can help to protect you when you need to take time off work. You can make a claim within three years of the accident occurring, but the sooner that you can do it the better.
If you decide to make a claim you need to have all the relevant information to hand. This includes the location, the date and time, the injuries that were suffered and any medical information that is relevant. If you can, you should take a photograph of the pavement where you tripped up so that you have evidence of the cause of the problem. Obtain the details of any witnesses that were there at the time as this can help to support your claim.
Making a claim is not only a good idea for yourself. Those who have failed to make the area safe will be expected to rectify the situation so that it does not happen to other people. The amount of compensation you are likely to receive will vary. It depends upon many different factors but could include money to cover any loss of earnings that you have suffered as a result of the accident.
If you are unsure whether you are able to make a claim for pavement trip compensation you should speak to Accident Advice Helpline. By taking a few details we will be able to determine if you have grounds for a compensation claim and will be able to match you to a specialist solicitor for further advice. All cases follow a ‘no win, no fee*’* system so that there is no need for you to pay anything in order to begin the claim.
Date Published: September 25, 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Accident in a public place