Pavement Trip Injury Claims
We specialise in helping victims of injury claim the pavement trip compensation they deserve. If you've suffered an uneven pavement injury, you may be able to make a claim.
What are pavement accident claims?
If you’ve ever been out shopping or jogging and injured yourself in some way due to poorly maintained pavement, that injury can qualify as an uneven pavement injury, meaning you could be eligible to make pavement accident claims.
Tripping and injuring ourselves is usually the last thing we consider when we’re going about our daily business. We expect the council and government to maintain local pavements and walkways to avoid injury, but in many cases, this maintenance is sorely lacking.
And this doesn’t just extend to external pavements. From the local council to your nearest supermarket, it’s the responsibility of authorities and businesses throughout the UK to ensure your safety when you enter their premises. This could involve continual maintenance of the damaged area or posting hazard signs until the area can be repaired.
Therefore, any accident that occurs on their property as a result of trips, slips, and falls relating to uneven surfaces that abide by government regulations qualifies you to make a trip on pavement claim.
Am I eligible to make a trip on pavement claim?
In the event of you falling due to an uneven surface, the grounds to make successful pavement accident claims require you to prove that you were actually injured. Falling without injury is not a sufficient legal reason for asking for compensation.
In order to claim pavement trip 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). Injuries you suffered as a result of this fall can include, but are not limited to:
Sadly, injury alone is not sufficient evidence that you were injured due to a fall. So in order to help prove that you suffered an uneven pavement injury, you should aim to provide some or all of the following as evidence:
- Images of the injury that you suffered
- Images of where the accident occurred as well as the time and date
- Images of the pavement that cause the injury
- Any reports by the medical staff that treated your initial injury as well as follow up reports by any medical professionals you had to visit for further treatment
- Any costs associated with travel for medical procedures and check-ups
- Lastly, other factors required for you to make successful pavement accident claims also include:
- Evidence that the landowner or local authority were remiss in keeping the pavement in question in a good state of repair.
- Evidence that you are 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 various criteria, then you may be able to claim pavement trip compensation. Get in touch with our team today and we’ll discuss your claim’s potential.
Suing the council for uneven pavement
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.
Unfortunately, unlike other personal injury claims, there is typically no single individual responsible for council pavement maintenance. Thus, in order to claim against council pavement injuries, you’ll likely need the help of a specialist personal injury lawyer.
Having a personal injury lawyer will ensure that your claim is taken seriously, and the proper legal procedures are followed to get you the compensation you deserve.
The average pavement trip compensation claim 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 the damage that occurs to surfaces by making necessary 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.
With all this evidence in hand, your personal injury lawyer will then make your claim against council pavement injuries on your behalf.
Claiming for an uneven pavement injury on private property
If the pavement you tripped on is on private property, such as a shopping centre or an apartment complex, 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, ensuring that if you provide a similar degree of evidence as to when suing the council for uneven pavement, you’ll be able to make a successful pavement accident claim.
How much can you win in pavement trip compensation?
How much compensation for tripping on pavement will be awarded will depend on a multitude of factors, such as the severity of your injuries and the effect they have had on your life at both a physical and financial level.
Your personal injury lawyer will take all of these factors into account and more when calculating your claim so that you can receive the highest level of payment possible.
All of The Compensation Experts, pavement & floor claims are worked on a no-win, no-fee basis*. This means that if you don’t win your claim for compensation, you and your family aren’t left with any scary costs.
What are your next steps?
At The Compensation Experts, we have unrivalled industry knowledge when it comes to personal injury claims. This allows us to help you deal with the most complex slip, trip and fall cases with sensitivity and delicacy, and we’re ideally placed to get you in touch with the right solicitor who can make a tripped-on pavement claim on your behalf.
Once you make contact with our team, they’ll put you in touch with an appropriate solicitor who will gather all possible information about your slip, trip, or fall injury before helping you to make a successful compensation claim.
Complete and submit our claim form and an agent will contact you to discuss the details of your case. They will determine in a matter of minutes whether you will be able to make a claim.
*Conditions may apply
Am I eligible?
If you have suffered a pavement trip in the last 3 years, due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to claim compensation for damages.
The main exception to this is if you were a child at the time of the accident, in which case you may have a longer period to claim.Find out more
How much could I claim?
As every trip, slip, or fall is different, the amount of pavement trip compensation paid out can differ between cases. Factors that contribute to the final figure include the extent of your injuries, total loss of earnings, and predicted future losses.
Speak to our dedicated team of pavement trip claims experts today and we'll give you an indication of how much compensation you could be eligible for.Find out more
How does the process work?
When you make a claim, it’s important to know what to expect from the process. That’s why we make your tripped-on pavement claim as transparent & clear as possible.
Your solicitor will gather all the necessary evidence, before notifying the negligent party that you wish to begin claim proceedings. Negotiating on your behalf, your pavement trip claims solicitor will keep you up to date every step of the way.Find out more