Did you slip, trip or fall on a public footpath or pavement within the last 3 years through no fault of your own? Did you injure yourself and seek medical attention? If so, it’s possible you could have a valid compensation claim. Get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline if you need free claims advice in St. Helier.
Thousands of people injure themselves every year as a result of accidents on pavements or footpaths. From pot holes to unsafe or raised paving slabs, to broken pavements to protruding manhole covers, there are a wide range of defects and hazards that could cause a pavement accident.
Most people involved in pavement accidents suffer minor injuries that have little or no impact on their lives. However, for some people, especially the elderly, a pavement accident can result in muscle damage, strains and sprains, broken bones and other serious injuries, sometimes with lasting consequences.
In what circumstances can the local authority be held liable for your pavement accident?
Every local authority council has a duty to inspect pavements and footpaths and carry out urgent repairs. Your local authority should have a system in place to check for defects on a regular basis. The busier the footpath or pavement, the more often it should be inspected. If it is proven that the council has failed to stick to their system or act on complaints, they could be found liable for your injury.
However, finding your local authority liable is not as straightforward as it seems. It may be difficult to prove the local authority is liable for your pavement injury if:
- The defect has arisen suddenly and there hasn’t been sufficient time for the local authority to find it and repair it
- The defect that caused your injury is not considered dangerous.
Free claims advice in St. Helier
If you’ve been injured on a pavement or footpath, you will need free claims advice in St. Helier. It will help your claim immensely if you take a clear photograph of the hazard that caused your injury. If possible try to take photographs that will:
- Identify the location
- Identify the height or size of the hazard
For example, you could use a tape measure, a coin or even a matchbox in the photograph to demonstrate the height of a raised slab or the depth of a pothole.
Accident Advice Helpline are experts in dealing with pavement injury claims. Call 0800 689 0500 from a land line or dial 0333 500 0993 from a mobile today and speak to one of our professional advisers.
You can be confident that our team of friendly advisers will offer free claims advice in St. Helier, including a Land Registry search if the local council denies owning the land where your accident occurred. Local council inspection records will also be requested, and if co-operation from the local authority is not forthcoming, court proceedings will commence.
Please try our 30-second test to find out how much you could receive for your pavement injury compensation claim. Get free claims advice in St. Helier today!
Date Published: 18th August 2013