Pavements. Brilliant aren’t they? We hardly pay them any attention, barely even acknowledge their existence because they have become so ingrained into our lives that we take them for granted.
They only have one job too – to provide us with a safe way to get to where we want to go, without having to play dodge-the-on-coming-vehicle as we just nip out for a pint of milk.
What about when things do not run as smoothly as we would want though and there is an accident that causes an injury to you that was clearly not your fault?
Your local council is responsible for the upkeep of your pavements, and aside from just making sure that they are repaired when damaged by every day wear and tear, they must also ensure that other factors are taken care of too, things like…
- Making sure signage and fencing do not block the pavement
- Are service covers replaced after engineers have accessed them?
- Ensuring that any road works being carried out that encroach on the pavement have adequate alternate routes for pedestrians.
- Have the pavements been damaged by heavy, or any other, vehicle
Of course, this list is not exhaustive and when these things do not happen, or if the work done is of such poor quality as to allow the accident to happen anyway, then pavement accident claims are one way that pedestrians can be compensated for their injury – even if it happened up to three years ago.
Pavement accident claims
Your local council, however, may not accept responsibility in the case of pavement accident claims – instead, they may well refer you to a contractor that carried out any work to or near the affected area, and so the merry dance continues until you give up. Or at least, that’s what it sometimes feels is happening.
This is where Accident Advice Helpline can help you with your pavement accident claims. They can take on the hard work for you, and with over sixteen years of experience behind them they will not let you down.
Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline has an inhouse team of expert lawyers who specialise in personal injury compensation including pavement accident claims.
You may need to attend a medical, but there is no need to worry as it only happens once and you may not need to at all. Court appearances, too, are rare and the claim itself can be made over the telephone – you do not even need to come in and see us. To check if you can claim, you can always take our 30-second test to see if you qualify.
Helpline phone lines are staffed by trained advisors and there is absolutely no obligation to continue with us after speaking to us about your pavement accident claims.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: 28th June 2013
Author: David Brown