If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by a poorly maintained pavement, you may be entitled to compensation from the Local Authority.
Most pavement accidents fall under the category of ‘slip, trip and falls’ and result from issues such as broken paving slabs, potholes, and missing maintenance hole covers. The types of injuries our personal injury solicitors regularly encounter in pavement accident claims include broken bones, back injuries, sprained ankles and bruising. Some injuries can be incredibly painful and leave the victim unable to go about their day-to-day life.
Local Authorities have a legal duty to maintain pavements and repair defects where necessary. If the Local Authority fails in that duty, and if you are injured as a result, you may be able to bring a pavement accident claim.
Whether the local authority has failed in its duty depends on the circumstances. The authority is not obliged to keep the pavement entirely flat, and defects less than 1 inch deep are unlikely to give rise to a personal injury claim, regardless of the extent of the resultant injury.
Our personal injury solicitors can assess the circumstances of your accident and advise on the likelihood of the local authority being held accountable. If we believe your case has merit, we will pursue it on your behalf, seeking compensation for your pain, suffering and loss of amenity, together with any financial losses.