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£11,000 Compensation For Slip Trip Claim Against The Council

Slip Trip Claim Against The Council

slip trip claimBy Daniel Archer. Last Updated 20th April 2022. Legal Expert has successfully negotiated many slip trip claim against the council cases. In this instance, the claimant was walking along the pavement in a public place. The pavement and area were maintained by the council. The claimant’s foot was caught in a pothole whilst walking down the street. As a result, they fell over and landed on their right shoulder and knee. They sustained a variety of injuries to this area, the most serious of which required keyhole surgery. After negotiation between the two parties, a settlement of £11,000 was agreed for both damages and compensation.

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Slip Trip Claim Against The Council – How Common Are They?

Whether in the workplace or out on the street slip, trip and fall accidents are one of the most types of accident in the UK. According to the Health and Safety Executive, slip trip claim injuries accounted for 33% of all non-fatal workplace injuries.

Non-fatal workplace injuries statistics graph

Non-fatal workplace injuries statistics graph

Finding out how many people have made a pavement trip compensation against the council each year is difficult. Cases are not always listed and could have been settled out of court. It is also difficult to get an accurate number for how many people have suffered a slip, trip or fall on the street each year. Not all accidents are recorded, and not all cause an injury. However, it is known that councils across have paid out millions of pounds per year to people who have been injured and have made pavement trip compensation claims.

Establishing Liability In Slip Trip Council Compensation Claims

In order to be able to successfully make council compensation claims following a slip, trip or fall, you need to demonstrate that the accident was caused by negligence on the part of the council. In this slip trip claim against a council, the claimant cited the duty of care imposed on the council under section 41 of the Highways Act of 1980.

The claimant went on to state that the council responsible for this section of street and pavement had not instituted the required or necessary system of inspections. These should have been carried out on the pavement and the road. As such, they had allowed the pavement and road to fall into a state of disrepair which was dangerous to pedestrians.

The trip or fall compensation case went on to state that the local authority had failed to warn pedestrians of the defect in the pavement and the danger which is possessed. They also alleged that the council had failed in taking reasonable care to ensure that pedestrians walking along the pavement would be safe enough.

The allegation in this trip or fall compensation case stated that due to this failure in their duty of care under the relevant legislation, the claimant had been injured and that this injury had lead to both long-term physical and even psychological injuries and suffering.

If the pavement or street a pedestrian is walking down when an accident or injury occurs, the council may not be responsible. Liability may rest with the private company that owns or maintains the pavement. A Personal Injury solicitor will be able to help you with establishing who is responsible.

What Injuries Were Sustained In This Case Study?

The claimant was walking down the street in an area of Hampshire when they caught their foot in a pothole that should have been repaired. The pavement had clearly not been maintained to the correct standards. The claimant caught their foot in this pothole causing them to fall over. This resulted in injuries to the right shoulder and knee.

These injuries would take several months to treat and require numerous visits to the local hospital. The victim attended their GP surgery and was referred for treatment at their local hospital. They sustained a serious ankle injury which necessitated keyhole surgery in the patient’s right foot tendons and ligaments. Following this, they were fitted with a cast and advised that recovery could take up to 12 months.

After five months the claimant was still under treatment from their local hospital and they still suffered the impact of their slip trip claim. At this point, the claimants’ physiotherapist stated that in order to best recover from the accident, they needed to have an operation to fuse their bone or an x-ray guided injection into their ankle.

As well as suffering the initial injury, they also suffered long-term injuries and complications. Following these injections, the claimant still had pain in their ankle and found walking difficult. The consultant found that this pain was accelerated by the accident and noted it had also caused anxiety.

What Did The Claimant Claim For?

Slip and fall compensation amounts can vary due to the nature and severity of the injuries sustained. As well as general damages, a fall compensation calculator will take into account what is called special damages. These include other out-of-pocket expenses, such as travel costs to medical appointments or alterations to the home.

Once the letter detailing the slip trip claim was sent to the council, they acknowledged receipt of the letter and began an investigation into the accident and the injury. After a three month period, the council had not replied to the letter. The solicitors sent a further letter informing the council that if they did not reply in 14 days, it would be assumed that they admitted liability.

The council then denied liability stating that under the relevant legislation the highways agency was responsible for the area the accident happened. They also noted that they carried the required four inspections per year and that in the previous drive-by inspection the defect was not visible. They also supplied records of this.

Supporting evidence was sent by the claimants’ solicitors and they demonstrated that a pothole of this size would not have opened in the relatively short time (9 weeks) between the previous inspection and the accident. Eventually, the claim was disclosed in full to the council. A council compensation payout of £9,000 was offered. Though advised to take the offer the claimant declined it and sent a counteroffer of £15,000. Following a series of negotiations between the two parties, a compensation settlement of £11,000 was agreed by both parties.

Examples Of Compensation For A Slip And Trip Injury

In this section, we’ll include some entries from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). Along with medical evidence regarding your injuries, the JCG is one of the resources that legal professionals use when deciding how much your claim should be worth.

The figures in the JCG are based on similar cases that have been settled in the past. As you can see, both physical and psychological injuries can be compensated. You can also head to our compensation calculator. The figure that’s awarded for your injuries is known as general damages.

Mental anguishWhen you believe you may die, or that your life expectancy will be reduced£4,380
Head(e) A minor head/brain injury where brain damage is minimal, if present at all£2,070 to £11,980
Post-traumatic stress disorder(c) Moderate£7,680 to £21,730
Chest(g) Soft tissue injuries/rib fracturesUp to £3,710
Neck(c) Minor - (ii) full recovery between 3 months and a year£2,300 to £4,080
Back(c) Minor - (iii) A maximum of 3 months leads to a full recoveryUp £2,300
Shoulder(e) Clavicle fracture£4,830 to £11,490
Leg(c) (i) Fractures, but an incomplete recovery is made£16,860 to £26,050
Teeth(f) (iii) One front tooth seriously damaged or lost£2,070 to £3,710
Face(d) Scarring of a less significant nature£3,710 to £12,900

You may also be eligible to receive special damages. This figure is calculated to reimburse you for any costs or losses that can be attributed to your injuries. For example:

Get in touch for more information on what can be included in a special damages payment.

Common Accidents Leading To A Slip Trip Claim Against The Council

Pedestrians can be injured in a variety of ways. As well as falling over due to defective pavements, pedestrians can also be injured due to themselves, other pedestrians and even road users disobeying traffic signs and signals. Other common causes of these accidents can include failing to follow the correct process when crossing the road and disregarding traffic or weather conditions.

No Win No Fee Slip Trip Claims Against The Council

If you have had a slip, trip or fall when on the pavement and suffered an injury, as a result, talk to Legal Expert today. We can help you to claim the compensation you are entitled to on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that you won’t have to pay any upfront or ongoing fees and will have nothing to pay if you lose your case. If you win, our fee will be included as part of the claim.

Call Us For Free Advice

Contact Legal Expert today and start your compensation for slip trip claim against the council case. You can contact Legal Expert by calling 0800 073 8804 and discussing your case. You can also detail your case in an email to our experts, or use our online chat feature. Find out the average payout for a slip and fall UK claim by talking to us today.

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Frequently Asked Questions

 What’s the average payout for a slip and fall in the UK?

There is no set figure that’s awarded for an injury sustained in a slip and fall. This is because the nature of the injury can vary drastically. Even two similar injuries can be of different severities, which would affect the value of any potential settlement.

Therefore, the best way to find out what your claim could be worth is to get in touch with our advisors. Once we know more about your circumstances, the advice we can offer becomes much more accurate.

Can I claim for a slip and fall accident?

Yes, but only if you can establish that your injuries were caused by negligence.  Negligence must also have been carried out by a person or body who owed you a duty of care. The local council is a good example of this.

Under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, those responsible for an area are also responsible for the safety of its visitors. For example, there may be a loose paving stone that needs repairing. If the council are aware of this but makes no effort to fix it, then they could be held responsible if someone trips and injures themselves as a result.

Can I claim for falling in the street?

Negligence can still occur in the street. On some roads, a local authority is responsible for the maintenance and repair of the road and pavements. If they neglect this duty, then their inaction could cause people to be injured.

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