One might be forgiven for thinking that Highams Park is located in Kent, near the village of Higham, but Highams Park is actually a district in the London Borough of Waltham Forest, right next to Epping Forest.
The beautiful forest and park contain a boating lake, a popular attraction for local residents in summer. Epping Forest is a sought-after commuter area for people working in London but preferring to live in greener surroundings, despite the long journey into central London.
Most of Highams Park is situated on a hill, although there is enough flat ground for a children’s playground to have been created. Popular with joggers and dog-walkers all year round, the park really comes to life in summer, when more local residents make use of this small oasis on their doorstep.
Like a duck to water
The lake lies to the west of the park and is owned by the City of London Corporation. The lake is some 450 meters long and spans around 80 meters at its widest point. The Waltham Forest South Scouts own the boathouse at the southern end of the lake. If your child had an accident inside the boathouse, where the Scouts would be responsible for its upkeep and maintenance, you could make an injury claim in Highams Park on your child’s behalf and expect to be paid compensation.
Nature’s not quite as relaxing as you thought
If you suffered an injury in an accident in the rest of the park, your accident solicitor would write to the London Borough of Waltham Forest instead, as they are responsible for the maintenance of the park itself. For example, if you sat down on a park bench and it collapsed, causing you to break a wrist in the fall, you could make an injury claim in Highams Park against the London Borough of Waltham Forest, as they would have been negligent.
On the other hand, if your scouting child fell into the lake and the water turned out to be polluted by something toxic that the City of London Corporation was responsible for, but hadn’t bothered to warn the general public against, you could also make a claim, but this time your injury claim in Highams Park would be against the owners of the lake.
If you went jogging in the park and a gardener employed by the London Borough of Waltham Forest had left a rake lying across the footpath in a place not easily spotted you could make an injury claim for the concussion you suffered when tripping over the rake at speed.
Where can you make an injury claim Highams Park?
If you’re not sure you have a valid claim, visit Accident Advice Helpline’s website and complete their simple 30-second test, which will tell you if you qualify for making a personal injury claim; a handy compensation calculator will give you an instant estimate of how much money you could receive when your claim is settled.
You are under no obligation to proceed, but if you do wish to make an injury claim in Highams Park, click the final button and an advisor will take you through the next step. Or you can call the helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: 2nd October 2013