How much could you claim?

Find out in 30 seconds...
Injured in the last 3 years?
Was the accident your fault?
Did you recieve medical attention?
Please tell us where you were injured
  • Please enter your full name
  • Please enter a valid name
  • Please enter your telephone number
  • Please enter a valid telephone number
  • Please read our Terms & Conditions

    "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

    Pothole trips account for £82 a day council compensation

    By David Brown on August 21, 2014

    A Freedom of Information request by the Barking and Dagenham Post has revealed the council is paying out £83 every day for compensation claims related to pothole trips. In fact, over the last six years, the council has spent £182,635 on claims relating to vehicle damage and personal injury from pothole trips.

    Between January and May 2014, 22 compensation claims had already been lodged – compare this to figures for 2013, when 40 claims were lodged in the whole year, and it’s easy to see why local residents are concerned. Katie Reed, an 18 year old from Dagenham, tripped in a pothole just metres from home and twisted her ankle, leaving her unable to walk for days. In 2009, a similar incident led to someone being awarded £29,322.82 after a pothole trip, and earlier in 2014, a cyclist who hit a pothole was awarded £44,234.

    It seems the area’s roads are getting worse, and local residents are having their say. Natalie Abbott, a local mum, commented, “My daughter suffered an injury a few years ago on the pavement in Marks Gate. She had to go to hospital and had her ankle in plaster for two weeks. Lucky it wasn’t broken, just twisted. Even now she has trouble with it.”

    Claiming compensation for slips and trips

    Your local council has a duty to maintain roads and pavements in your area to a safe standard, so if you’ve been injured after tripping in a pothole or on a cracked pavement, you could claim compensation. Failure to properly maintain road surfaces is negligent behaviour and could lead to serious injury. Broken bones, cuts and bruises, concussion and even fatalities can be caused by poorly maintained roads and pavements. If you have been affected, contact a personal injury lawyer to see if you are eligible to make a claim for compensation.

    Choose a personal injury lawyer you can trust

    Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we’re proud to be endorsed by our patron, TV personality Esther Rantzen, and accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. You can trust us to handle every stage of your claim from compensation, from offering confidential, no-obligation advice, to getting you the compensation you deserve. If you have suffered a slip or trip on a poorly maintained pavement or road in your area, call us today on 0800 689 0500 to find out whether you have a viable claim – we’ll usually be able to tell you within 30 seconds.

    Source: Barking and Dagenham 

    Share On

       

    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.

    Disclaimer: This website contains content contributed by third parties, therefore any opinions, comments or other information expressed on this site that do not relate to the business of AAHDL or its associated companies should be understood as neither being held or endorsed by this business.

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