Pavement Trip Claims
Slips, trips or falls can cause injury no matter where they occur. Pavement trips can be particularly painful however and may cause more serious injuries due to their hard nature. If a pavement has been poorly maintained, causing you to fall, you may be eligible to make a pavement trip compensation claim.
We work with a team of expert solicitors, with extensive experience in pavement trip claims. By choosing The Compensation Experts, you can be sure that your claim will be handled professionally. We will help you to seek compensation for any medical costs ensued, loss of earnings and detriment to your lifestyle, amongst other things.
Get in touch to find out how we can help with your pavement trip compensation claim!
Types of Pavement Trip Compensation Claims
When making a pavement trip claim for compensation, you may wonder what the difference is between claiming on council land and on private land:
Claiming for a Fall on Council Land
The average compensation claim for a slip, trip, or fall takes between six and nine months to be resolved. One of the main reasons for this is the time it takes to collect and assess the necessary evidence.
The Highways Act 1980 legislates that local authorities are responsible for keeping all roads and footpaths in their district safe to use. Keeping all roads and pavements marble smooth at all times is both unnecessary and impractical, but a council does have a legal duty to repair any damage that occurs to surfaces by making repairs within six months of being notified of the risk.
In addition to photos of the accident site, your lawyer will also access council records for reports made about the section of pavement where you tripped, to see if anyone else has hurt themselves there or complained about the risk. They will also check the authority’s maintenance schedule to find out if they are correctly monitoring and repairing roads and pavements.
To claim compensation, you need to have fallen in a pothole more than one inch deep or tripped over uneven paving which sticks up by at least an inch (2.5 centimetres).
Claiming for a Fall on Private Land
If you injured yourself tripping on a pavement on private property, such as a shopping centre, then the same conditions regarding proving liability apply. The property owner’s obligations are also covered in the Occupier’s Liability Acts 1957 and 1984. Furthermore, this legislation extends to uneven or poorly maintained pavements in private gardens.
We are happy to offer you a free, no-obligation consultation to answer your questions about claiming pavement trip compensation. Contact The Compensation Experts today to begin your claim.
Causes of Pavement Trips
A person may fall on the pavement for a number of different reasons. If not properly maintained, they can become a significant hazard. Falling on a pavement can result in serious injury, lifelong complications or could even prove fatal, especially if located on a busy road.
What are the main causes of pavement trips?
- Uneven paving stones or kerbs
- Broken paving stones – usually caused by tree roots or vehicles
- Badly laid paving
- Loose paving slabs
Councils and private landowners have an obligation to maintain pavements. If this is not done then pavements are likely to become uneven or broken, making falls more likely.
Common Injuries due to Pavement Trips
Falling on a pavement can result in a wide range of injuries; some more severe than others. If you are injured in any way as a result of somebody else’s negligence, you may be eligible to make a pavement trip compensation claim. Even somewhat minor injuries may result in pain and loss of earnings due to an inability to work, even if only for a short period. More serious falls may leave a person unable to ever return to work and could affect their quality of life forever.
Some of the most common injuries sustained from falling on pavement are:
- Broken or dislocated bones – predominantly in the legs, pelvis, hips or arms
- Back injuries – slipped discs, hernias and other spinal damage
- Sprains – often in the ankle or wrists
- Ligament or tendon damage – this could cause permanent mobility issues
- Brain and head injuries – if the head hits the pavement, significant, long-term damage can be caused to the brain
- Cuts and bruising – the most minor of injuries however, can still cause pain and discomfort
I Tripped on the Pavement: Who is Responsible?
On council property, the local authority will be responsible if they have failed to properly maintain pavements. On private property, this responsibility will fall to the property owner.
Cutbacks in local authority spending have seen the condition of roads and footpaths deteriorate around the country, and it is not uncommon for someone to trip and hurt themselves over a loose paving slab or pothole.
The Compensation Experts work with personal injury lawyers who specialise in pavement trip compensation cases.If you have been hurt from a trip or fall on uneven pavement, then call or fill in our online form for a free assessment and consultation with one of our trained advisors.
Am I Eligible to Make a Pavement Trip Compensation Claim?
To have grounds to make a pavement trip compensation claim you must prove:
- That you were injured – to request payment of damages, you actually have to suffer damage. Falling without injury is not sufficient legal reason for asking for compensation
- That the landowner or local authority was remiss in keeping the pavement in a good state of repair – you may think that simply showing your injury together with photographic evidence of the accident site would suffice, but that is not enough to prove liability
- You need to be over 18 and of sound mind – if you are neither of these, then you can have a “litigation friend” claim on your behalf, with any compensation being held in a trust until you are considered legally able to manage it yourself
If you fulfil these three criteria, then you may be able to claim damages for your fall. Speak to a member of our expert team to discuss the details of your case and find out whether your claim is likely to be successful.
What is the Time Limit to Make a Pavement Trip Compensation Claim?
In negligence cases such as this, the time limit to make a claim is 3 years from the date of the accident. Court proceedings must have begun within this 3-year timescale in order for your pavement trip compensation claim to be valid.
How Much Compensation Could I Get for a Pavement Trip?
The amount of compensation you could receive if you are injured falling on pavement will differ depending on the severity of your injuries. For example, a person who sprains their ankle and cannot work for a few weeks will receive much less compensation than somebody who has sustained a long-term brain injury due to falling.
The best way to find out how much compensation you could receive is to get in touch with our team. Once they have established the details of your case and asked any necessary questions, they will be able to give a more accurate answer to this question.
Claim for Falling on Pavement
Claiming compensation for falling on the pavement can be a complicated process that requires an investigation in order to pursue. At The Compensation Experts, we offer free, no-obligation advice which will allow you to determine whether you would like to go ahead with your case or not. Should you choose to continue, you will be matched with one of our expert solicitors with experience in pavement trip compensation cases.
They will carry out the necessary investigation, access council records to determine whether negligence played a role in your injury and help to navigate you through the process. All of our claims are worked on a No Win, No Fee* basis (*conditions may apply. Please see details at the bottom of the page), so you don’t have to worry about any nasty legal costs if you don’t win your case.
To start your claim, call us on our freephone number or fill out our contact form and we will call you back at a time that suits you.
Need some help?
Am I eligible?
If you have been harmed physically in the last 3 years, due to someone else’s negligence, the short answer is yes.
Exceptions to this are for instance industrial disease or if you were a child at the time of the accident. In these cases you may then have a longer period to claim.
How much could I claim?
As every injury is different, the amount of compensation paid out can also differ case to case. Varying factors lead to the final figure. These include: extent of your injuries, loss of earnings, future losses and more.
Our dedicated team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim for.
How does the process work?
We understand that when making a claim it’s important to know what to expect and when to expect it. That’s why we make the process as transparent & clear as possible.
Your solicitor will gather all the evidence. They will then notify the negligent party that you wish to begin claim proceedings. With your solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be up to date every step of the way.
Why should you use us?
No Win No Fee*
We assess all claims on a No Win No Fee basis, then we can determine how successful a claim is likely to be. However, if your claim is successful we will charge up to 25% of the total compensation awarded and if you terminate the agreement before your claim for damages ends then you may be liable to pay basic charges in addition to this. We assess each claim on its merits with the information you provide, which then helps us to determine its likely success rate.
Our dedicated panel are experts in securing compensation no matter the injury.
Our personal injury solicitors are committed to securing the best possible outcome for you while providing expert support every step of the way.
Personal Dedicated Solicitors
Each client has their own Personal Injury solicitor who will work on the case from start to finish. They will be there every step of the way. The client has a direct phone number and direct email address of the solicitor.
Expert Pavement Trip Claims Solicitors Working For You
We specialise in helping those who have been injured by falling on pavement claim the compensation they deserve.
We work on a No Win No Fee basis, so if we don’t win your case you don’t pay! Once you make contact, our experienced team will then work to recover the maximum compensation you are entitled to. However, you should be aware that the panel of solicitors we work with may charge up to 25% of the total compensation awarded if your claim is successful. Further, if you terminate the agreement before your claim for damages ends you may also be liable to pay basic charges including (but not exclusively) disbursements, and barrister’s fees.
Whether you are ready to make a pavement trip compensation claim, or you would just like a free conversation with a legal professional, we have trained advisors on hand to give you all the information you need. So take the first step by filling in our quick contact form and we will call you back.