Making A Claim For A Fall In The Street

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Making A Claim For A Fall In The Street

Uncovered manholes, potholes and cracked pavements. These can all become a danger to pedestrians if left untreated. If you have been injured due to falling in the street, then you may be eligible to claim compensation. Call our team on 0800 808 9740 to discuss making a claim for a fall in the street or get in touch online to request a call-back.

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    Gary from Stoke-on-Trent

Who is liable to pay compensation for a fall in the street?  

If the accident was not your fault but due to the negligence of leaving hazards, such as a pothole, untreated, the claim will most commonly be brought against the local council or authority whose duty it is to maintain the roads in that area. There are numerous ways in which a local authority could cause danger on a pavement or road, such as the kerb being too high, or a pothole.   Still, authorities or companies that are separate from the council could also be at fault for your injury, such as:  

  • Building Contractors who have worked on the roads
  • Utility companies who have dug up the roads
  • Negligent property owners who may have improperly parked across a footpath

No matter the specific company or agency at fault for your accident and subsequent injuries, First Personal Injury are always prepared to fight for you and ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.  

How do I make a claim for a fall in the street accident?  

If you have been injured in any type of accident, including a fall on the street, that was not your fault then you should contact a personal injury solicitor who specialises in your specific scenario. First Personal Injury are adept at dealing with street accident claims and will guide you through every step of the legal process, ensuring that you get as much compensation as possible for your specific injuries.   

How can I help collect evidence for my claim?  

There are actions you can take directly after experiencing an accident that can help collect evidence to later strengthen your case. For example:  

  • Contact details for Witnesses – if someone saw you have the accident, collect their name, address and contact details so that they can later give testimony.
  • Photographs – collect photographs of the accident area that caused your injuries, such as the specific pothole or raised kerb.

Are there any issues I should be aware of for a fall in the street claim?   

Depending upon exactly who you are making the claim against, there are certain regulatory issues that will impact your claim. For example, if you tripped on a paving stone, it must have been sticking up by an inch or more while for a pothole accident, the depth of the hole must be at least one inch. You must also show that the council knew or should have known about the hazard before the accident occurred. These issues will be explained and discussed with you by your solicitor at First Personal Injury. 

Accident Claims with First Personal Injury  

Slip, Trip and Fall accidents can occur in numerous different locations, whether out on the street, at work or in another public place. As long as the accident was due to someone else’s negligence, you are most likely eligible to claim compensation to help recover from your injuries.   If you have experienced an accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to accident and injury claims compensation. Our expert solicitors who work across England and Wales have helped numerous people win the compensation that they deserve.  

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How Much Compensation?

All personal injury cases are unique and so the amount of compensation that is awarded in each case is also unique. Compensation is understood by looking at two specific factors: general damages and special damages.

General Damages

The pain and suffering that your injuries have caused are the main factors that are used to determine how much general damage compensation you are owed. This will usually be determined by undergoing a medical examination, from which a report is created that highlights the length of time the injuries will take to heal as well as their severity. Our compensation calculator will give you an indication of how much general damage compensation you might be entitled to based upon your injuries.

Special Damages

In addition to receiving compensation for your injuries, you may be able to reclaim any financial losses that you might have suffered as a result of your injuries. Compensation for financial losses is known as special damages compensation. This can include losses such as loss of earnings due to not being able to return to work, the cost of treatment as well as travel to treatment. It is important that you keep any receipts or evidence of additional losses in order for these to be reclaimed. With the exception of children, there is a three-year time limit on making a personal injury claim. This time limit begins from the date that the accident initially occurred. Therefore, you should contact us as soon as possible to assess your case. image.png