Claiming for a footpath or pavement injury
Slips, trips and falls on footpaths or pavements can cause painful injuries.
Recovery from such trips or falls can take time. It might mean taking time off work or paying for medical bills out of pocket. Making a claim for compensation might alleviate the stress associated with an injury of this kind.
Every local council has a duty to maintain roads and footpaths. If a road surface is not maintained to standard and you’ve tripped and injured yourself because of it, then we can help you make it right.
A road and motorway authority must maintain roads
There’s a number of things that a highway authority must do to keep you safe, including:
- Having a system to check for defects – busier roads and footpaths require frequent inspection than roads which are used less frequently
- If a defect is found acting within a reasonable time to repair the defects
- Acting on any complaints received about a road or footpath as soon as possible
- Signposting any hazards or dangers in the interim
If you need free impartial advice about your trip or fall, and whether it qualifies for 100% no win no fee, get in touch with us on 1800 106 107 or use our online form.
Causes of trips on pavements
If roads or footpaths do not see proper maintenance maintained, they can be a hazard. Consequences can sometimes be grave, especially when there are fast moving vehicles rushing past. It’s easy to think a fall is your own fault. However many processes are in play to make sure pavements are safe for use.
Possible causes of trips on pavements might include:
- Uneven kerbs or paving slabs
- Damaged pavements caused by vehicles or tree roots
- Shoddy or improper paving
- Hazards such as improper road signs or loose drain covers
- Poor maintenance of pavements and footpaths
Can you make a compensation claim?
You may feel unsure about whether you can make a compensation claim. Often with slips and trips, it’s hard to figure out if an accident was somebody else’s fault.
We believe that if an accident feels wrong, it probably is. The best way to find out whether you could make a claim is to talk with one of our legally trained advisors. It’s free, it’s confidential, and there’s no obligation to claim.
We’re here to offer impartial advice, to let you know whether you can claim and to help you understand the claims process. You decide, in your own time, if you want to claim or not.
How much compensation could I claim for?
It’s hard to give a definitive answer before you start your claim, as no two cases are the same. We look at each case on an individual basis, taking into consideration all the effects it has had on your life and those around you.
Only once all the facts are in can your lawyer give you an estimate figure. Either way, the lawyers at Lawyers Direct Injury Specialists work hard to recover all costs you may have incurred from your injury. That also means future earnings lost due to time off work, or time lost to recovery better spent on family or social activities.
If you decide to make a claim, we’ll choose the right specialist no win no fee lawyer to handle your case. They’ll take all the impacts of your injury into consideration, and they’ll work hard to make sure you receive the full amount of compensation you deserve.
You can talk with us free on 1800 106 107 or if you’d prefer, use our online form and we can call you back.