If you have tripped or fallen on a badly maintained pavement, then you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation. In recent years, more and more people have been choosing to access pavement claims and compensation advice following accidents, because of the simple fact they have realised that they should not have to bear responsibility for an avoidable accident which was simply not their fault.
Can anybody make a claim for a pavement accident?
Slips, trips and falls on badly maintained and hazardous pavements can cause serious physical harm, which may lead to the victim having a severely reduced quality of life. If the trip was because of a structural fault with the pavement, then you may be entitled to make a claim. For example, if the pavement was cracked, broken or bubbling, and your trip was due to this level of disrepair, then you have a good chance of making a successful claim.
Even if you were not paying full attention at the time of your trip, you may still have a valid claim, as it is expected that pavements should be safe to walk on, without having to spend your entire journey looking at your feet. If the owner of the pavement is carrying out maintenance work when you suffer your trip or fall, and they did not provide sufficient warning or equipment to protect the health and safety of pavement users, then you may also be able to make a claim.
Possible causes of pavement trips or falls can include; damaged or cracked pavements caused by the weather, tree roots or vehicles; potholes of any origin; incorrectly laid paving slabs, sunken paving slabs, uneven kerbstones and any other hazard which may manifest itself on the pavement. If you are unsure about whether your injury is something that you can make a claim for, then you should get in contact with a legal specialist who will be able to offer you pavement claim and compensation advice.
Why use a Lawyer?
When you are seeking pavement claim and compensation advice, it is always wise to seek the advice of injury claims lawyers or claims assessor who has had previous experience of dealing with this sort of claim. They will have the knowledge and experience needed to help you to prove that your accident was avoidable and was caused by negligence on the part of the pavement owner. They will have the skills which are needed to help you to put in a claim for the maximum amount that you can, and they will prevent you from being brushed off with a low value settlement.
How your claim can help
As well as helping you to cover any costs which have been associated with your accident, including any loss of earnings because of your injuries, making a claim can also help to protect your fellow pavement users. Receiving a claim will often help to alert owners about just how dangerous their pavement has become, and most defendants will actually strive to fix the problem as soon as possible to prevent accidents from happening to anyone else.