I’ve fallen due to a broken pavement

Sometimes, the accidents we have are because we haven’t paid enough attention to what we are doing, however, embarrassing this may be we are able to get back up and continue as the outcome is minor.

Unfortunately, there are times when this is not the case and the trip we have on the pavement is due to poor maintenance or hazard e.g. raised pavement, cracks or missing pavement, potholes etc. Trips caused due to broken pavements can often result in a severe injury.

If you have suffered an injury from a trip or fall due to a broken pavement you may require medical treatment, medication, rehabilitation etc. You may also have required time off work or stopped working altogether due to your injury. We understand this can not only create additional costs but can also cause a large amount of stress due to the financial worries your injury has caused.

If you have sustained an injury due to a broken pavement then you may be eligible to claim compensation. Contact our legal advice team today on 08000 250 250 to find out more.

How do I know if I can claim?

The quickest and simplest way to find out if you are eligible to make a claim is to contact our legal advice team. We can tell you in one quick phone call if you can make a claim.

We understand that knowing who was at fault for a slip, trip or fall can be difficult, especially as often there is no one around to witness the event. Contacting our team will be free, confidential and obligation free so you don’t need to worry about feeling rushed or pressured into claiming, we will simply advise you of your options so you can make an informed decision.

If you are eligible to make a personal compensation claim you must, at a very least, be able to answer “yes” to the following:

  • Was your accident/diagnosis in the last 3 years?
  • Was the accident caused by someone else’s action/inaction (negligence)?
  • Did you sustain injuries due to the accident?

If you would like to arrange a call back then you can also fill in our online form and our legal advice team will contact you back at a time that suits you.

How do I prove someone has been negligent?

It is the responsibility of the landowner or local authority to ensure the pavement is safe for members of the public to use.

Sustaining an injury on a public pavement

It is within the UK law that the condition of a public walkway is to be maintained to a safe condition by the local authority who is responsible for that space. Under the Highways Act 1980, the local authority must ensure that pavements are:

  • Regularly check for defects
  • When finding a defect they act within a reasonable timeframe to repair it
  • Action any complaints made within a reasonable timeframe
  • Highlighting hazards or dangers e.g. signposting

However, there is no legal definition as to what an unsafe pavement is. Case law (decisions made in previously heard cases in Court) have presented that a defect of an inch high or above is seen as “unreasonable”.

Sustaining an injury on a privately owned pavement

The law covering trips and falls on a private pavement are similar to that of a public pavement with regards to establishing negligence. However, the difference would be that the landowner would be held responsible rather than the local authority.

A part of a successful claim would be based on the ability to display that the responsible party in question has been informed of the defect on the pavement and they had a reasonable time period to repair it.

If you would like to find out more about claiming compensation for your accident and who would be responsible then contact our team of legal advisors today on 08000 250 250. We will ask you a few questions regarding your experience and will be able to advise you in minutes if we think you have a claim.

How could claiming compensation help me?

Having any type of accident and sustaining an injury, as a result, can be a difficult time. If you have had a slip, trip or fall it can not only affect your mobility but also your ability to work.

The effects of an injury can be life-changing not just for you but for your loved ones also. This is where compensation can help get things back to normal.

We know claiming compensation cannot take away what has happened to you but it can help gain some financial stability back for you and your family. It can also help towards the cost of paying for any medical treatment you may require as well as any adaptations you need to make to your home or car due to your injury.

An injury can also have a psychological impact as well as the physical pain caused, therefore, when making a claim, your solicitor will also consider the emotional consequence your accident has had.

If you would like to find out more about making a claim or how we could help you claim the compensation you deserve, then contact our legal advice team today on 08000 250 250.

Our legal advisors can help, guide and support you on a free, confidential, no-obligation basis so you don’t have to worry about feeling rushed or pressured into claiming.

I’m thinking of making a claim, what do I need to prove?

When making a claim for a slip, trip or fall it is important to ensure you can prove three different elements:

  • You have been injured due to the accident
  • The accident was due to the poor condition of the pavement
  • The poor condition of the pavement was due to the negligence of the responsible party

In order for us to build a strong case for your personal compensation claim, it is beneficial for you to contact us as soon as you feel you are able to do so, so the incident and circumstances are still fresh in your mind. This way you will be able to provide us with as many details as possible including:

  • What happened when you fell – the condition of the pavement location
  • Any witnesses and their contact details
  • Photographs of the defective pavement with an object in the picture so we have a height comparison
  • Details of any CCTV footage which may be available
  • Details of any official complaints made regarding the maintenance of the pavement
  • Details of medical treatment you have sought due to the accident including times, dates and outcome
  • Details and evidence of any additional expenses you have had due to your injury e.g. travel, medication etc.

I want to make a claim, what do I do?

If you want to start your personal compensation claim today then contact our legal advice team, we will be able to guide you further on the process, answer any questions you may have and assess your claim. All of our calls are free and confidential with no-obligation.

No pressure will ever be put on you to make a claim but if you do decide you want to proceed with our services we can get your claim set up today with one of our experienced specialist solicitors who have a proven success rate.

We will tell you if we can work on your claim on a No Win No Fee basis so you don’t need to worry about any more financial stress whilst recovering.

Get in touch today, we can get your claim up and running in one quick and easy phone call, or you can fill in your details and we’ll call you.

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