If you have suffered an injury whilst on the street, in a public area or building, you may be able to bring a personal injury compensation claim against the local council.
Councils and local authorities have a legal responsibility to protect the safety of members of the public who live in, work in or are visiting their borough or area.
Their responsibilities include the maintenance of upkeep of the following:
If you’ve suffered an injury in a public place which you believe to be the fault of the council you should immediately contact an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Your Solicitor will make the claim against the council on your behalf. They will deal with all the legal intricacies of the case, handling your claim from start to finish. If they can prove that your injury occurred because of the negligence of the council, you will be entitled to compensation for the personal injury caused.
One of the most common compensation claims against local authorities is those involving pavement falls. For your claim to be successful your accident must have been caused by a paving stone sticking up above the pavement by around 1 inch or more. Similarly, if you tripped on a pothole, the depth of this must also be at least one inch. You must also show that the council knew or ought to have known about the defect. They should have a reasonable inspection system in place to deal with defects and prevent accidents.
Other examples of claims against councils involve accidents that have been caused by:
To aid with the success of your potential claim it’s worthwhile doing the following:
Depending on the severity of your injuries, you could receive compensation for your pain and suffering as well as any potential financial losses suffered. The potential level of each will be dependent upon the circumstances of your individual case and the injuries suffered.
If you’ve had a personal injury, you may be entitled to compensation. The solicitors at First Personal Injury are on hand to assist you and help you win the compensation you’re entitled to.
At First Personal Injury, we work with individuals and families across England and Wales, helping them to make claim compensation following an accident or injury. Contact our specialist team today on 0800 808 9740 or complete our online form to request a call-back.
We’ll talk through the details of your claim over the phone, and then advise further!
If we think you’ve got a valid claim, we’ll take care of everything else – quick & easy!