Sittingbourne is now an industrial town in Kent, which is still expanding due to its rail links to London Victoria. It was called Sidyngborne in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, and cited as a useful stopping point for pilgrims en route to Canterbury. The word ‘bourne’ means stream, and there is an underground running through part of the town. The Roman road, Watling Street, passed through Sittingbourne, which has a long history of settlement, perhaps more than 4,000 years.
A driver had a lucky escape in Sittingbourne in March 2014 when a sink hole opened up and his van sank into it. Luckily the man was not injured, and the van he was driving only had minor damage. it seems that the road was built on what was once an ash pit, but the local authority disputed this, claiming that the hole opened up because of a water leak. The point is that no one would like to take responsibility for sink holes, because they may be liable to pay personal injury compensation claims if someone is injured in one. If you have had an accident and live in Sittingbourne, you may need the services of injury solicitors in Sittingbourne.
How can injury solicitors in Sittingbourne help?
If you have been injured in an accident that you can prove was not your fault, a firm of injury solicitors in Sittingbourne, or ones based anywhere else in the country, could build a case enabling you to make a personal injury compensation claim.
You may also need the services of a firm of injury solicitors in Sittingbourne if you have been told by your doctor that you have an illness or disease which you can prove was contracted because of another person’s negligence.
Accidents in the street
If you fall over a piece of broken pavement and break a limb, or if you accidentally put your foot in a hole in the road as you are crossing, and you sprain your ankle, then you may be entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim against the local authority which is responsible for maintaining roads and pavements. You should inform the police of your accident and they will write up a report which should include the names and contact details of any witnesses. They will appeal for witnesses if there were none actually present when they arrived. You should seek immediate medical attention for your injuries and, if you are able to, take photographs of the scene of the accident which can be used as supporting evidence for your claim. The police should inform the local authority of your accident, but you can also do this.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you have any potential personal injury compensation claim to file, but need help and advice in order to do so, call us at Accident Advice Helpline at any time. Call our freephone numbers: 0800 689 0500 (use this for landline calls too) or, for mobiles call 0333 500 0993. Call now for expert legal advice.
Date Published: 11th March 2014
Author: David Brown