Residents in West Lothian have raised concerns that perilous pavements in their village will cause injury to pedestrians. The Community Council for Westfield and Bridge House has said that there are large potholes and an area of the pavement missing completely, which is dangerous for pedestrians. The residents say that although they have been raising the issue with the council for years, nothing has been done to fix the walkways. A comment from the council said that the areas were never pavements to begin with and the Community have been told that these areas are on the bottom of a list, which could take years to get to.
Residents remain concerned that the walkways are unsafe and areas of the village cannot be reached on foot without walking on the roads due to the lack of safe pavements. They have asked for vegetation and detritus to be cleared so that the walkways are clear, but this has not been done. Some weed spraying took place, but the area generally has very little money spent to maintain it, residents say.
Could you be due compensation?
If you experience an accident on perilous pavements and are injured as a result, you could be entitled to compensation. If the council are responsible for maintaining that area of pavement, then the responsibility of its poor state will fall on them. You could trip because of a large pothole or be forced to walk on the road because of missing parts of the pavement. Paving slabs can become loose over time if not maintained and a person could lose their footing and fall, or they could trip over a slab that is jutting out.
The right people to call
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we can help you to make a claim if you have been injured in the last three years. We have a team of injury and accident experts who are ready to take your call and offer you free, no-obligation advice over the phone. Pavement falls are surprisingly common and there is a proven track record of people receiving compensation where negligence is proven. Give us a call on our 24-hour helpline 0800 689 0500 or use our 30-second online claim calculator to see how much you could be entitled to receive.
Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown