As clichés goes it’s a well worn one – a person trips over a loose paving slab and sues the local council for compensation. However, in reality it’s a little more complicated than that. This quick guide tells you everything you need to know about assessing your claim and finding an expert solicitor in Hartley Wintney who can take your case forward.
If you’re in a public space which is owned and run by the council then they are obliged to make sure it’s as safe as possible for you to use. This includes ensuring that all fixtures are well maintained and that all risks have been avoided.
However, times are tough for local councils. The government occasionally seems to be making almost impossible demands on them – and expects them to do more with less. As a result there is a growing tendency to cut corners and some people are feeling the results.
If you’re hurt as a result of neglect by the council you should work quickly to build your case.
Setting the scene
The condition of the site of the accident will be all important in determining the outcome of the case. If it has been left in a dangerous condition when you’re injured you shouldn’t assume that it will still be in a dangerous condition when the case goes to court. The council will probably have fixed whatever went wrong by then so you should take photos of the scene as soon as possible. This might not be realistic to do when you’re hurt, but it can be important in your case.
Finding witnesses who saw it happen will also be important. They can attest to the condition of the environment at the time of the accident.
Remember – it is your job to prove liability on the part of the council not the other way around so the more evidence you have the better your chances will be.
Finding an expert solicitor in Hartley Wintney
Much will also depend on your choice of lawyer. You’re looking for an expert solicitor in Hartley Wintney who specialises in claims against the council. Having someone with that specialist focus will greatly enhance your chances of winning and will certainly improve the advice you receive at every stage.
At Accident Advice Helpline, we have many different lawyers on our books and many of them have experience in claims against the council and could be very useful in helping you to make a claim.
All you need to do is to contact our helpline. We’ll look at your situation and if we think a claim is appropriate we can find a solicitor in Hartley Wintney who can help you take the case forward.
So to find an expert solicitor in Hartley Wintney, give us a call on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 if you’re calling from a mobile phone. You can also contact us through our website on www.accidentadvicehelpline.co.uk.
Date Published: 3rd April 2014
Author: David Brown