Broken pavements don’t often come to light, but when they do they can potentially cause a significant hazard to anyone walking on them. While paving slabs are large and heavy, they can break if they have some kind of weakness in them, or if something heavy is dropped on them. If the slab was not properly laid in the first place, the odds of this happening could potentially increase. If you have tripped on a broken pavement that should have been in better condition, you might have a chance to see whether compensation should be issued to you.
You may not think a trip sounds too complex, but in reality a lot depends on how serious the trip is. If you are walking along quite briskly, it would be all too easy to catch your toes on a raised paving slab where part of it is broken. This will stop your momentum and cause you to go off-balance. This in turn could potentially lead to an accident.
Can you really be badly injured by doing something like this?
Surprisingly, yes. You may have been lucky and got away with a graze or two, and possibly the odd bruise, but in some cases it is more than possible to break bones or suffer other issues. For example, the instinctive action is to put your hands out to try and stop the fall from being worse than it needs to be. However, your hands will then take the brunt of the fall, which could in turn mean you injure yourself.
This could mean a sprained finger (or even more than one) or if you are really unlucky, a break of some sort. While broken fingers are sometimes simply strapped up and allowed to heal naturally, it is still vital that you seek medical advice, in case the break happens to be a bad one.
Thankfully, local councils are more than aware of the vital need to maintain their pavements to a high standard. Because of this, they take great care in doing so.
However, if you have tripped on a broken pavement and it happened in the past three years, you have an opportunity to see whether a no win, no fee* claim could work out in your favour. To learn more, call Accident Advice Helpline free on 0800 689 0500 right now.
Date Published: June 19, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead
Category: Slips, Trips and Falls Claims