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Home > Personal Injury > Public Liability > Street tripping accident claim

Street tripping accident claim

Claiming compensation for a slip trip or fall

If your accident was the result of a slip, trip or fall on the pavement / public highway, you may be able to bring a claim for accident compensation against the local council or highway authority. Please select one of the links below to see how Clear Answers may be able to help you.

Personal injury compensation claims

Clear Answers personal injury lawyers deal each year with a large number of all types of personal injury compensation claims, including slip, trip and fall accident cases. Details of some of these personal injury compensation claims can be found either in our personal injury & accident news stories section below, or in our News Section which is updated regularly. Here is just one example of a recently successful claim for slip, trip or fall compensation

Dangerous footpath caused elderly lady to fracture cheekbone

Our client, an elderly lady, tripped on a raised part of concrete on a footpath leading to a church and fell to the ground, injuring her head and face.

She contacted Thompsons Solicitors to seek expert legal advice on her personal injury claim. Our specialist personal injury lawyers were able to secure several thousands of pounds in compensation for her injuries because the church had failed to adequately maintain or inspect the footpath which was dangerous to users.
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More tripping accident news stories

Please select one of the links below for more information on street tripping accidents, and whether you might have a claim for accident compensation.

Specialists in street tripping accident claims

Clear Answers’ lawyers are specialists in all types of slip, trip and fall accidents, including those suffered as the result of an accident in the street. We have teams of experts waiting to help you, should you decide to instruct us to represent you in your accident claim.

Our advisers will be happy to talk you through the personal injury claims process, in plain English. They will provide you with expert legal advice to answer any questions you may have regarding your personal injury claim.

If you or a family member has suffered a personal injury in a street tripping accident, please ring us on 0800 783 9019 and speak to one of our advisers. Alternatively, you may prefer to complete our online compensation claim forms and one of our representatives will contact you as soon as possible.

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Making a compensation claim for a street accident injury

It will be necessary to show that the pavement was in a dangerous condition and that this caused the injury.

Sometimes lawyers wrongly advise that this means the pavement you tripped on has to be one inch or so higher than the surrounding road.

Lawyers at Clear Answers have won claims where the tripping danger measured less than an inch, where it could be shown it posed a clear danger anyway.

It is however true it helps greatly to have a photograph and measurement of what you tripped on taken as soon after the accident as possible and the greater the tripping hazard, the better the chance of success.

If an accident happens, wherever possible always keep a record and take photographs if possible. This is particularly important with pavement trips where you should also include a photograph with a ruler against the edge of the tripping point to demonstrate the precise dimensions of the hazard, plus a photograph to illustrate the exact location of the fall. Take the names and home addresses of witnesses. Keep evidence of doctors visited and treatments, and keep receipts for any injury related expenses.

Exactly the same legal principles apply to cyclists or pedestrians who fall due to potholes in the road.

Please visit our section on information and advice for more details on making a personal injury compensation claim.

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Winning a claim for street accident compensation

The highway authority may be able to avoid liability if it can demonstrate that it has taken all reasonable care by having a proper system of inspection and repair. It helps to have local witnesses who can confirm the pavement in question has been in disrepair for some time. Sometimes the council or highway authority will produce documents which seem to show they have a cast iron defence that they inspected for hazards shortly before the accident but proper investigation and argument can turn such a case around.

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Successful public liability cases we have dealt with

Rocking pavement posed greater danger

We won a case where the defendant used the normally " cast iron " legal defence that the pavement had been inspected two days before the accident and the "defect" which caused the fall was only 20 mm - less than an inch, often used by lawyers as the standard at which a pavement trip case will fail.

We brought evidence that the pavement rocked making the 20 mm defect greater and more dangerous.

We also had witnesses who confirmed the paving stone had been in similar poor repair for months prior to the accident and that he had made calls to the council to complain.

The judge accepted the Council should have spotted and dealt with the hazard and the Claimant won.

This case was won at Brentford County Court on 2nd December 2004.

We also won an almost identical case in Newcastle upon Tyne County Court in October 2005 where the Judge accepted photos and witnesses who suggested a hazard had existed for a long time was to be preferred to paper evidence that the Council had inspected the pavement before the accident - and spotted nothing.

Cyclist hits pothole in the road

The claimant was cycling along the road when she pulled out towards the middle to pass a parked car. She looked over her shoulder to check for traffic behind her and after passing the car steered back towards the kerb. As she did so the front wheel of her bicycle went down a pot hole in the road.

The accident occurred on 22 April. The defendants denied liability and said they had inspected the road on 22 March 2002 which in theory set up a cast iron defence under the Highways Act 1980. These reports had identified various faults in the street and the subsequent repair work.

However our client had taken a photograph of the defect one week after the accident, which showed a substantial pot hole. The Judge concluded from the photos that the size of the defect made it highly unlikely that it had developed since the inspection one month prior to the accident. The inspector must have missed it. So, he found that defence in law failed and the Claimant won.

This case was heard at Manchester County Court.

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Personal injury and accident news stories

Clear Answers' solicitors deal with a large number of all types of personal injury and accident cases each year. Below are just a couple of examples of claims involving a tripping accident in the street. Or please visit our Personal injury news section to view the many successful personal injury compensation claims that Clear Answers' solicitors have been involved in.

Dangerous footpath caused elderly lady to fracture cheekbone

Our client, an elderly lady, tripped on a raised part of concrete on a footpath leading to a church and fell to the ground, injuring her head and face.

She contacted Thompsons Solicitors to seek expert legal advice on her personal injury claim. Our specialist personal injury lawyers were able to secure several thousands of pounds in compensation for her injuries because the church had failed to adequately maintain or inspect the footpath which was dangerous to users.

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Family man receives accident compensation after street accident

A young father asked for our expert legal advice when he was injured in a fall in the street outside his home.

The local authority admitted liability and following strong negotiations, our specialist accident compensation lawyers won several thousand pounds in compensation for his injuries.

During the day, whilst our client was away from home, the local authority employees had installed a cable across the road and pavement. It was attached to a lamppost and to the road, but had been left loose across the path, posing a serious tripping hazard on a public footpath.

Our client was carrying his small son at the time and feeling himself fall, had to keep his son safe with one arm but put his other out to try to save himself. In doing so he injured his arm and shoulder, and during the following hours, the pain began to affect his lower back with pain radiating down his legs.
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Woman injured in street accident – Local Authority pays accident compensation

Our specialist personal injury compensation lawyers won several thousand pounds in accident compensation for our client’s injury in a street accident which could have been avoided.

The Local Authority admitted liability. Through strong negotiation, and after advising our client to reject lower offers, we were successful in winning an appropriate and fair sum in compensation for our client.
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Accident compensation for client who suffered permanent injury to her arm

Visually impaired and registered blind, our client in this tripping accident compensation claim had made several complaints to her local council regarding potholes outside her home.

No action was taken until after her accident, and even then, they denied any responsibility when she wrote to them again to request that they be repaired to prevent further injury to herself or neighbours.
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Accident compensation for client who suffered a broken elbow

This client asked for our accident compensation claim advice when she suffered a broken elbow in a street accident.

The defendant’s insurers refused to negotiate a level of compensation that our specialist accident compensation lawyers felt was appropriate for her injuries. They were forced to issue court proceedings, but after advising our client to refuse an initial offer were able to secure an acceptable sum prior to the trial.
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Street tripping accident compensation claims

Telephone us now on 0800 783 9019 or complete one of our online compensation claim forms.

Strict time limits apply for making a personal injury compensation claim, so please seek expert legal advice as soon as you think you may have a valid claim for compensation.

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