How Much Compensation Can I Claim Against the Council Or Local Authority?
By Olivia Fitzpatrick. Last Updated 12th July 2021. Welcome to our guide on how to make council compensation claims.
If you have questions about filing claims against the council for personal injury, this guide details everything you should know. Here, we cover everything about filing a claim against the council in your area and answer any questions you may have regarding such claims as we progress.
Suffering a personal injury can be a traumatic experience for any person. Our local councils have a duty of care to keep us safe when on the roads, pavements, parks, municipal buildings and other public places.
However, that duty can be breached. If you’re injured as a result, whether you suffered a slip, trip or fall, sustained an injury in a public park, shopping centre or leisure centre, council compensation claims could be justified.
This guide will provide crucial details on what’s needed to prove a public liability claim against the council, how accidents can happen, and the potential compensation award you could receive. What’s more, we also provide details on how our No Win No Fee personal injury solicitors can help you recover the compensation you deserve without putting yourself at financial risk.
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Can I make council compensation claims if the accident happened over 3 years ago?
This is a question we commonly get asked regarding council compensation claims. If you didn’t already know, personal injury claims, including those made against the council, have a typical limitation period of 3 years.
In other words, if you have an accident that you want to claim compensation for, you can only do so within 3 years of the accident happening. However, in some cases, exceptions can be made to this period. Some example circumstances of this include:
- If the claimant is yet to reach their 18th birthday
- If the claimant is mentally incapacitated
- If the claimant realised they were affected by the accident after this time limit had expired (also referred to as the date of knowledge)
In these cases, the time limit is typically frozen. During this period, there are 2 options that are usually available for claimants:
- Have a litigation friend pursue their compensation on their behalf (this could be a family member, friend or the like)
- Wait until they can claim for themselves
At these points, the 3-year time limit would generally come into effect for the claimant to claim compensation within.
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This guide to council compensation claims aims to inform and assist you with your personal injury claim for local council negligence. It provides comprehensive coverage of the most critical issues to consider if you believe you have a legitimate claim following an accident.
Additionally, we will detail a few tips to help you maximise the compensation total you receive from any claims against the council for personal injury.
This council compensation claims guide will consider the different situations in which you may have suffered your injury, such as an accident in public on council property, travelling on the road/pavement, or working for the local council. Each of these situations is unique and are worthy of individual considerations if you want to make the most out of your claim.
At the same time, we will explore the process of making claims against the council for personal injury: what evidence you may need to collect, how the process for making a claim works, and how much compensation you are likely to receive for your No Win No Fee claim.
What Is A Public Liability Claim?
A claim made by a member of the public against a person, company or local authority after being injured in an accident is known as a public liability claim. This is because they can compensate you for pain and suffering as well as financial losses.
Before we look at how to make council accident claims, let’s understand what they are. When you have suffered an injury due to an accident, you may be able to claim the local council for compensation. If your accident resulted from the council’s negligence – especially when roads and pavements are involved – then they may be responsible for paying you compensation.
In this way, claiming against the local council for an injury is similar to claiming against your employer. In both cases, you must provide evidence not only of the accident occurring and the severity of your injury but also evidence of the council’s negligence about the accident. If the local authority could not have done anything, you will be unlikely to succeed with your claims against the council for personal injury.
So to learn more about council compensation claims and how our No Win No Fee team could help you, please keep reading. You will learn more about council compensation claims as to the guide rolls on.
What To Do If You Are Involved In An Accident and Need to Claim Against the Council or Local Authority?
If you are involved in an accident that you believe to be the council’s fault or local authority and seek compensation, you must gather evidence supporting your claim. This evidence can consist of (but is not limited to) the following:
- Firstly, you should gather statements from any potential witnesses. As well as eyewitnesses, the accident may have been recorded by CCTV. For example, suppose you have suffered a neck injury due to an accident in public, like a bookcase falling off a wall and crushing you in your local library. In that case, statements from fellow library-goers can be invaluable. Likewise, if the library has a video recording, then this could be essential for your case.
- Secondly, you should find evidence that the council or local authority is liable for the accident due to negligence. This could be due to several things. To continue with the same example, the council may not have performed proper maintenance on the bookshelf or had insufficient safety standards concerning how many books should be placed on the shelf at any one time. In a situation such as this, they could be considered negligent.
- Thirdly, you should ensure that you have evidence detailing the severity of your injury. To return to the example, let’s say that after your accident, you were taken from the library into a hospital by ambulance and then given x-ray tests. You should collect the medical report and x-ray results to highlight your injury’s severity and plug any gaps in your claim. Again, expert medical advice, such as a doctor’s report, is ideal in this regard.
To discover more about what to do if you’re considering going down the council compensation claims route, please get in touch with our specialist team of advisers.
When making your claim to receive local council compensation payouts due to council negligence, you must prove that the incident in question caused your injuries. This is to ensure that you’re truly entitled to a payout for your council compensation claims. Additionally, the severity of an injury will be the main point of contention when considering how much compensation will be paid for council accident claims.
However, this all depends on which particular injury you sustained. And the specific injury will dictate the claims against the council for personal injury that you make. Common injuries suffered as a result of local council negligence are:
- Slips, trips, and falls – This could include foot or leg injuries sustained due to falling on a poorly maintained pavement or inadequate signage near maintenance works that failed to warn you of the danger.
- Injuries while working for the council – This could include sustaining a back injury attempting to carry something too heavy whilst working on maintenance or inadequate equipment training, which results in an accident. A lack of training can be considered negligent in these matters.
- Car accidents – This could include neck injuries (such as whiplash) being sustained due to a pothole or an electronic malfunction, causing traffic lights to display incorrect information and cause a collision.
- Injuries resulting from poor maintenance – This could include a head injury sustained due to a piece of playground equipment breaking or a facial burn suffered due to a faulty pipe at a council-run school.
Any of these circumstances could justify council compensation claims. Just get in touch to find out more about how our No Win No Fee services could help you.
Your ability to claim compensation for an accident that you believe to be the local council’s fault is typically linked to any potential negligence. Whether or not you are entitled to compensation depends upon the severity of your injury – which is discussed below in greater detail – and whether or not the local council can be considered to have been negligent in their duty of care.
For the council to be considered to have acted negligently, they must have ignored or failed to deal with a particular health and safety standard. For example, if your accident occurred due to you falling on uneven pavement, then your case could involve council compensation claims for uneven pavements.
By not maintaining the pavement to a certain standard – or initially laying the pavement to a poor standard – the council has acted negligently and failed in their duty of care towards any individuals using the pavement. This is what gives council compensation claims legitimacy.
To use a different example, consider a situation in which you have suffered severe facial burns due to a hot water pipe bursting in a public toilet. If the council adhered to the necessary safety standards when installing (and later inspecting) the pipe, your council compensation claims would be illegitimate as the council has not acted negligently.
However, if the council had ignored standards and failed to inspect the pipe properly, then your council compensation claims could be legitimate. And therefore, you could receive compensation via your claims against the council for personal injury.
Public Liability Claim Statistics
Unfortunately, no definitive data exist on the number of public liability claims made against local councils. We can, however, gain something of an insight into the prevalence of public liability claims by studying figures from the Compensation Recovery Unit.
This governmental body benefits those suffering injuries at work, in road traffic accidents, or while out in public. These benefit payments then make up the compensation at the end of a personal injury claim.
It’s important to note that these figures relate to all public liability claims made each year, not just those against councils. But the numbers above are certainly worth keeping in mind.
Here are some more relevant statistics to council compensation claims. As we previously addressed, the negligent actions of the city council could ultimately lead to an accident, such as a workplace incident or a slip, trip and fall (if employed by the council). For that reason, we have taken the time to look at statistics regarding both slips and trips and workplace incidents.
Some of the most common causes of a slip, trip and fall acknowledged by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as:
- Design and maintenance.
As we have previously addressed, the city council can implement various measures to ensure the places they are responsible for are free from tripping hazards. However, should they fail to adhere to their legal obligations, then the likelihood of an accident will naturally increase.
For instance, failing to carry out risk assessments in public parks could result in a broken kerbstone going unnoticed and an accident in public occurring. In return, innocent individuals could trip over and injure themselves.
While those who are visitors to council property could make council compensation claims for negligence, so could an employee of the city council. As an employer, the city council must uphold their obligations to ensure they provide a safe and suitable workplace. However, if this obligation was to be neglected, then an accident could occur. For context, let’s take a look at some health and safety statistics from 2019/20:
- There were 111 workers killed at work.
- On average, there were 1.6 million working people that suffered from a work-related illness.
- Around 693,000 employees sustain an injury at their place of work.
- And finally, there were 38.8 million working days lost due to workplace ill health or injury.
Information released by HSE indicates that manual handling, slips, trips and falls and collisions with moving vehicles or objects indicate that these are the most common kinds of an accident resulting in days lost among local authority workers and as such may account for a large proportion of council compensation claims made by employees.
The graph below that looks at self-reported injuries resulting in absence over three days shows that this broadly follows the general trend for workplace accidents across all industries. Note that this graph doesn’t just cover totals for cases against local authorities.
If you’ve been injured while working for your local authority and want to learn more about council accident claims, please contact our personal injury advisers today. And find out how we could handle your council compensation claims on a No Win No Fee basis.
In this section of our council accident claims guide, we’ll look at how to claim if you’re an employee of the local council.
For employees of the local council, the process of making a claim can be different. If you are employed by the local council and suffer an injury in an accident at work, you can still claim the result of employer negligence. In a similar fashion to private individuals making claims against the local council, you will have to prove that some form of negligence occurred on behalf of the council before you are entitled to any compensation for your accident.
So, what are examples of illegitimate claims against the council for personal injury? Well, it could be a council administrator suffering from moderate back pain resulting from falling out of his chair at work.
However, this particular administrator fell due to leaning too far back in his chair and contravening his employer’s advice and guidelines. If he attempted to begin suing the council after a fall, it could be denied, as he ignored the health and safety procedures the council put in place.
However, an example of a legitimate claim against the council could involve a council-employed gardener who tends to public green spaces. If his hand were to be injured by another employee, he might have a claim.
Depending on the situation, it might have been that a lack of training with dangerous tools leads to the injury. This claim could be considered legitimate, as the council is directly at fault for the accident by failing to provide the correct safety training.
Another legitimate example of a compensation claim could be if you are a council-employed person who breaks their ankle after tripping on uneven pavement. You may begin the process of suing the council for uneven pavement, and your claim against council pavement would be successful, providing the council was deemed to be negligent in leaving a section of the pavement uneven.
However, if this pavement was correctly maintained by the council or matched up to current health and safety standards, your council compensation claims could be considered illegitimate.
The relationship between the claimant and the council in these circumstances can often be considered similar to the relationship between a claimant and a private-sector employer. Many of the same factors apply when dealing with council compensation claims for personal injury.
For more information about making council compensation claims as an employee, please contact our No Win No Fee team today.
When you begin to make your compensation claim for an injury caused by the local council, you will quickly discover that your injury’s severity is one of the most critical aspects of your claim.
The severity directly impacts the amount of compensation you can receive from the council. And, as such, it needs an accurate and fair diagnosis. Typically, the severity fits into one of three categories:
- Minor – this may include injuries such as soft tissue damage or a restriction of movement in your neck or shoulder. While clearly affecting you as an individual, these injuries are not traumatic and heal relatively quickly. As such, injuries considered ‘minor’ have the smallest payouts for compensation.
- Moderate severity – this may include injuries such as long-term neck mobility issues, long-term back pain, or loss of function in one of your legs. These injuries’ long-term nature leads to larger compensation payouts, but the conditions will generally improve over time with medical treatment.
- Severe severity – this may include injuries such as permanent paralysis resulting from a neck or back injury, loss of sight in both eyes, or the amputation of one of your legs. These injuries have a massive effect on your life, causing permanent damage that may require continued medical treatment and costs. As such, these injuries result in the largest compensation payouts.
Read on to find out more about the process of making No Win No Fee council accident claims.
The process of beginning your council compensation claims could not be more straightforward, thanks to the support provided by our law firm.
As previously mentioned, the first step you need to take is to gather the necessary evidence to support your council compensation claims. This could include almost anything like witness statements, medical reports and photographic evidence. This ensures you can prove the events as described by your claims against the council for personal injury in court.
The next step you should take is to contact our company by calling us or filling out a contact form and letting us know when we can call you back. In a free consultation, we provide an honest, rigorous assessment of your council compensation claims, including noting how successful it might be. This uses the evidence you provide ahead of your council compensation claims.
After this session, you can choose to move forward with our team. From here, we can proceed and initiate the process of bringing your compensation claim to court. This includes further fact-finding such as looking at CCTV footage or arranging local medical assessments.
To learn more about council accident claims on a No Win No Fee basis, please keep reading.
So, what you can claim when suing the council for damages depends on what expenses you have. Unfortunately, many people believe that they can only claim compensation for costs such as medical expenses. Perhaps they feel that they can only ask for direct loss of earnings in council accident claims.
However, you could claim for several costs related to your injury, providing you can provide evidence for them in court. These costs can include:
- General damages include unspecified and often intangible damages such as pain and suffering resulting from the injury, affecting day-to-day life.
- Special damages – this includes measurable damages such as direct loss of earnings, cost of home-care as required by your injury, and damage to property such as your vehicle.
- Medical costs – this includes the cost of medical bills and treatments, either those not covered by public health care or those sought out from either private health care providers or overseas health care providers.
- Travel costs include the cost to travel between your home and hospital appointments. Not to mention potentially travelling to foreign countries if treatment is necessary overseas (though this is rare).
Clearly, there are many different ways in which you might receive compensation if you sue the council for injury. However, the compensation you can receive for these costs heavily relies on the severity and type of injury. As such, the payouts for council compensation claims can vary drastically. And no two claims against the council for personal injury are the same.
As stated, the amount of compensation you will get in your council compensation claims can vary. This variation depends heavily upon the kind of injury you have suffered and the severity of the injury. However, we have this table to provide a rough idea of the average compensation in certain circumstances:
Updated July 2021.
|Brain injury||Very severe||£264,650 to £379,100||The award bracket is given as an estimate for victims who have suffered severe brain damage and are unresponsive. In what is referred to as a vegetable state.|
|Brain injury||Moderately severe||£205,580 to £264,650||Losing feelings in limbs, mental disability, and or change in impersonality.|
|Brain injury||Less severe||£14,380 to £40,410||Head injuries that have not caused significant brain damage but still there maybe lasting effects.|
|Face Injury - Scarring||Very severe||£27,940 to £91,350||Scarring and facial disfigurement could warrant this amount of compensation. The severity will determine how much.|
|Face Injury - Scarring||Less severe||£16,860 to £45,440||These
compensation estimates cover brakes and fractures to the facial area such as the nose.
|Face Injury - Scarring||Less significant||£3,710 to £12,900||Compensation amounts for scarring. Please note women tend to receive larger payouts for scarring than men.|
|Eye Injury||Total blindness||In the region of £252,180||Total blindness|
|Eye Injury||Loss of sight in one eye||£46,240 to £51,460||This amount of compensation is awarded with loss of sight in a single eye or very restricted vision in one eye.|
|Eye Injury||Minor||£3,710 to £8,200||Problems with vision, pain in the eye or temporary vision loss in an eye.|
|Back Injury||Severe||£36,390 to £151,070||Severe back injuries to the upper or lower part of the back, maybe causing paralysis or any issues relating to the organs within the lower part of the body.|
|Back Injury||Moderate||£11,730 to £36,390||This amount of compensation may cover ligament or soft tissue to the back, constant pain and /or discomfort.|
|Back Injury||Minor||From around £2,300 to £11,730||Soft tissue, slipped disc, muscle pain would gain this amount of compensation.|
|Neck Injury||Severe||£42,680 to in the region of £139,210||Neck injuries can be very severe causing problems with movement in different areas of the body. An injury to the neck can cause pain in this area for a lengthy time.|
|Neck Injury||Moderate||£7,410 to £36,120||Fractures to the neck, painful when moving, stiffness inability to use full movement of the neck will warrant this type of compensation.|
|Neck Injury||Minor||From around £2,300 to £7,410||These amounts of compensation are roughly the brackets for whiplash depending on how long it lasts, how painful it is and the long term prognosis.|
|Shoulder Injury||Serious||£11,980 to £18,020||Restriction in movement, limb numbness or paralysis due to injury in the shoulder and neck.|
|Shoulder Injury||Moderate||£7,410 to £11,980||Tissue damage to neck that may last for quite a while which restricts movement in the arm and elbow.|
|Shoulder Injury||Minor||From around £2,300 to £11,730||Soft tissue damage that will recover within the year or just over, that causes moderate pain.|
|Arm Injury||Loss of both arms||£225,960 to £281,520||Amputation of both full arms will receive the maximum award here. This compensation range also covers the amputation of one arm, or whether the amputation is to be the full or part of the arm. The restrictions this will have in the future are also taken into consideration.|
|Arm Injury||Permanent and substantial disablement||£36,770 to £56,180||If there is major restriction and disability in one or both arms and causes great pain and suffering.|
|Arm Injury||Less severe||£18,020 to £36,770||This amount is set at this criteria for those who have suffered restriction in movement and/or disability on the arms but will recover.|
|Elbow Injury||Severely disabling||£36,770 to £51,460||Complete restriction in movement of the elbow that has resulted in a disability or that has required surgery.|
|Elbow Injury||Moderate or minor||Up to £11,820||Restriction in the movement of the arm due to injury of the elbow.|
|Hand Injury||Loss of both hands||£132,040 to £189,110||This amount of compensation will cover, both hands or one hand amputation or if the hand becomes completely useless.|
|Hand Injury||Serious||£27,220 to £58,100||Likely to have seen a reduction in capacity by 50 per cent. Several fingers may have been amputated and re-joined, leaving a clawed or unsightly hand.|
|Hand Injury||Minor||Up to £4,461||Fractures, soft tissue damage, cuts and surgery warrants these amounts of compensation.|
|Wrist Injury||Severe||£44,690 to £56,180||No wrist function at all.|
|Leg Injury||Loss of both legs||£225,960 to £264,650||Amputation of both or one leg will warrant this amount of compensation to be awarded. It will also be taken in to consideration if the leg is amputated above or below the knee.|
|Leg Injury||Less serious||Up to £11,110||Fracture, brake or soft tissue damage to the leg that has affected the muscle causing great pain and discomfort.|
|Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)||Less severe||£3,710 to £7,680||Minor symptoms that resolve in full within a short space of time.|
|Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)||Severe||£56,180 to £94,470||Debilitating symptoms, impacting work life, social life, and relationships with family and friends. Prognosis for recovery is likely to be poor, with symptoms having some permanency.|
|Knee Injury||Severe||£24,580 to £90,290||Disability due to injury to the knee, severe damage to muscle, soft tissue and also muscle wastage.
|Knee Injury||Moderate||Up to £24,580||Injury to the knee that is painful but will recover within time so the knee has a full normal working function.|
The figures above are from the Judicial College Guidelines. This is a document for those in the legal system to value personal injury claims. As you can see, the potential payouts can vary depending on the specific nature of your council compensation claims.
What Are Special Damages?
A claim can account for the physical pain and suffering. But council compensation claims can also take into account the financial hardship as a result of the accident. This aspect of a settlement is special damages.
It’s possible to include any past expenses as well as future costs within council compensation claims, such as:
- Loss of earnings. If you take time off work to recover and don’t receive payment, you could recover this money.
- Travel costs. Should your injuries leave you needing taxis or buses to appointments, you can claim back these costs.
- Medication fees. If you pay out of your own pocket for prescriptions, paracetamols or physiotherapy, you could recover these too.
- Care costs. In cases of serious injuries, such as broken bones, it may be necessary to have someone look after you. But, again, you could recover the price of this.
Council Compensation Claim Case Study
At this point, you may be asking yourself exactly how to claim against your local authority for negligence and how to receive the compensation that you believe you deserve. It can be beneficial to look into a particularly illustrative case in which an individual fought for (and won) compensation claims against local councils.
The individual, herein known as the claimant, fell down an improperly secured manhole cover whilst walking down the street. As a result, the claimant suffered significant emotional and mental distress, moderate muscle damage in their legs, and permanent pain and nerve damage.
The claimant successfully secured £20,000 of compensation from their local council, mainly for medical costs and the emotional strain that the experience had caused.
The compensation for such council compensation claims for personal injury bases upon two significant factors, namely:
- The moderately severe injuries that they had suffered directly as a result of the accident in question.
- The council discovers the issue several months before the accident, with no action to rectify the problem.
Cases such as this demonstrate how you can make council compensation claims following an injury. With the right law firm, the process of filing council compensation claims can be much more comfortable.
To learn more about council accident claims, please speak to our team of friendly personal injury advisers.
The most discouraging aspect of any potential compensation claim against a council or local authority is legal fees. Unfortunately, the legal fees charged by certain claims agencies can be incredibly prohibitive.
If you already experience financial issues via your injury, such fees can appear extortionate and unfair. And it may feel like they’re hurting you when you’re at your most vulnerable. Even worse, your fees may even exceed your compensation.
However, our company wants to help you avoid this kind of stress during the claims process. Therefore, we will ensure your claim will proceed using our No Win No Fee service if you choose us. Consequently, you can greatly reduce concerns regarding your financial stability throughout the council accident claims process.
This contract is a ‘Conditional Fee Agreement’. And it’s our promise to only charge for our services if we win your compensation claim in court. So if your council compensation claims fails, you won’t have any legal fees or debt to add to your worries.
If you hope to claim against the council, their legal representatives will be doing their best to dismiss your claim. Therefore, you must receive proper expert legal representation yourself.
When you decide to make your council compensation claims, you should choose our company. Our years of experience in dealing with claims against the council for personal injury makes us the logical choice when dealing with these types of claims for damages. This also enables us to understand how to maximise your chances of being successful in your compensation claim.
Our team of legal experts has spent years dealing with council compensation claims. As such, you can rely on us to deal with your compensation claim professionally and efficiently. So, there’s no case of leaving nothing to chance or for luck. We can assist you in your claim at every step of the journey. And we can give you expert advice on dealing with the aftermath of your accident.
Our No Win No Fee policy highlights our desire to see justice done in the world. Indeed, our approach limits the amount of stress that you will face throughout the claims process. And we can also arrange for a local medical evaluation to strengthen the evidence for your claim. We cover every eventuality and can process your council compensation claims on a No Win No Fee basis.
Do you believe that you have legitimate grounds to make council compensation claims? Or are you just wondering about your rights following an accident? Well, we are ready to receive your call.
You can take the first steps by filling out the form or by calling the number below. After that, we can get to work on starting council compensation claims for you. And we can then resolve your case in the best possible manner.
Thank you for taking the time to read our guide to local authority compensation claims. We hope you’ve found it useful to learn more about how to claim against the council. In this section, we’ve included some more guides you may find useful. And there are answers to some frequently asked questions when it comes to council compensation claims.
- Claim compensation for injuries caused by roads or pavements
- Find the details of your local council with this government search tool
- Concussion Compensation Guide
- Arm Injury Compensation Claim Guide
- Back Injury Compensation Claim Guide
Council Compensation Claims FAQs
Here are some answers to questions we often hear about council compensation claims.
Can I claim compensation from the council?
If you believe that the council’s negligence was responsible, you could make council compensation claims for any damage. You must prove that the council didn’t uphold their duty of care to you to receive any compensation.
Can I sue the council for negligence?
As mentioned above, it’s possible to sue the council for negligence if you suffered as a result of it. To help determine whether negligence was responsible for your suffering, the following criteria could be of use:
- The council owed you a duty of care
- Which they failed to uphold
- And you suffered as a result of their failure
Can you sue the council for slipping on ice?
To sue the council for slipping on icy pavement, you must show their lack of effort in minimising the risk. So, this includes gritting the area or covering it with salt. If they fail to do so, you could file council compensation claims.
How do I claim pavement tripping?
First, it’s important to treat your injuries. Then establish how big the pavement defect is. Usually, it must be at least 1 inch in height or depth. Next, work out who is responsible for the land, get their contact details. And then either pass them onto your specialist solicitor or write to them yourself.
Who is responsible for gritting pavements?
This depends on who is responsible for the pavement. In most cases, it will be the local council, though it could also be a private property owner.
Can I sue the council for negligence?
In short, the answer is yes. The council owes a duty of care to the spaces they are responsible for. These include parks, roads, pathways, and even council housing. Should they fail to uphold this obligation and cause innocent harm, council compensation claims could be a suitable course of action.
Can I sue for emotional distress in the UK?
The aftermath of an accident can have both a mental and a physical impact on the individual. Therefore, when taking legal action against the council for an accident that wasn’t your fault, consider emotional distress.
What temperature do gritters go out?
That’s when the temperature drops to around 1 degree Celsius or less, with a forecast of ice or rain. At that time, gritters will likely go out to cover roads and pavements.
Can I sue my local council with a specialist solicitor?
If you can provide evidence to support your council compensation claims, a personal injury solicitor could handle your case. So why not reach out and contact our team to learn more about how a solicitor could assist handle your claims against the council for personal injury on a No Win No Fee basis?
Thank you for reading our council compensation claims guide. We hope you have learned a lot about making a claim against the council for compensation. But please get in touch if you have any queries about making council compensation claims.