Our client slipped on cobbled stones. The cobbled stones had not been maintained properly by the local authority and consequently weeds and moss had grown and the cobbled stones had become dislodged. Our client suffered with ruptured tendons to both legs which led to restricted mobility and absence from work.
As Oldham personal injury lawyers we recovered £21,500 for our client.
If you’ve had a slip or a trip in a public place, your first feeling might be embarrassment which is completely natural. You might instinctively want to just forget about it, despite having suffered an injury.
We understand that a fall in public isn’t the sort of thing most people want to dwell on but we recognise that in many cases the fall might not actually be your fault.
We tend not to think of public roads and walkways as belonging to anyone and therefore it might seem like nobody is responsible for looking after you, but public roads and footpaths fall under the jurisdiction of local authorities who have a duty of care to provide for members of the public.
It might be worth having a close look at what caused your fall as you might have grounds to claim compensation.
Councils have an obligation to try and ensure our safety. Accidents can often happen when there are uneven paving stones, unmarked holes on the roads or if a railing is unstable or missing alongside a difficult walkway.
It’s the council’s responsibility to take adequate safety measures to prevent accidents, which includes regular checks for any potential hazards. When you tripped were there signs in place to give you significant warning of a threat?
Common footpath injuries usually occur in the shins and knees or in the wrists and elbows if you’ve tried to break your fall. Following a slip or a trip it’s worth consulting your general practitioner or any other healthcare professional, for instance in a nearby accident and emergency ward, to inspect whether you’ve incurred an injury.
If you have had an accident and it seems that more could have been done to prevent it, then you might have grounds for a claim. Talk to us, we are experienced personal injury lawyers.
Give us a call on 0161 785 3534 for advice about claiming for a trip in public and we can guide you through the process.
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