How on earth could you trip in this situation? You would be forgiven for wondering this, but while such occurrences do tend to be rare, we’ve all see people trip over in a variety of instances. You may even have tripped on a street hazard yourself, and if you have, you will know it can be all too easy to do at times.
Of course, sometimes we are completely to blame. You may have tripped over because you neglected to do your shoelaces up, or simply to look where you were going. However, a street hazard is just that – a hazard – so if you have tripped up and hurt yourself in the process, you may be wondering whether that hazard could and should have been attended to ahead of time.
Examples of potential hazards
Let’s suppose a worker has come along and lifted up a manhole cover or another access point to do their work. If they didn’t put it back in place properly and left it raised out of position, you could easily trip over it. This might be called negligent, since the worker should have ensured it was put back properly.
The same applies to any potential damage that might be caused by substandard pavements or roads, especially in terms of potholes or paving slabs that are uneven. In the case of the latter, the slabs should be properly bedded down so they are not sticking up, thus causing a hazard. Anyone who has tripped on a street hazard will know they can be very painful incidents to experience.
Has this happened to you in recent months?
You actually have three years in which to start a claim if you have cause to do so. If you leave it too long, you won’t be able to claim any compensation, even if you would have had a good case for doing so.
Don’t leave it too late to find out what to do if you have tripped on a street hazard. When you decide to call Accident Advice Helpline, you can do so any time, as our enquiry line is always open and is always free to call on 0800 689 0500. Once you get in touch, our team can get to work determining whether a claim might be worthwhile making in your particular case, so call whenever you can do so.
Date Published: June 19, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead