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How Much Compensation For Tripping on Pavement Accident?

By Megan Black. Last Updated 13th December 2023. Welcome to our guide on pavement accident compensation claims. In this guide, we cover what to do if you wish to claim compensation after tripping on pavement slabs. Pavement accidents are more common than you might think. In fact, they are a big part of our business as accident compensation claims specialists. So, if you have tripped on uneven pavement and wish to claim for your injuries, then this article should help you.

Many people who have injured themselves tripping on pavement or the public highway think of it merely as an accident – an unfortunate incident with nobody to blame. However, that is not always the case. And in those scenarios, you may have a viable claim for pavement accident compensation.

In many circumstances, a person, or more usually a public body such as a local government, council or local authority, may be responsible. However, on privately owned land, such as in a supermarket car park, a firm or company will often be the responsible party.

If you’ve decided to claim accident compensation, it may be beneficial to use legal assistance to make your claims process smoother. You can reach us in any of these ways:

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  1. How Much Compensation For Tripping On The Pavement Can I Receive?
  2. Uneven Pavement Injury – When Can I Claim?
  3. How Long Do I Have To Claim For A Tripping Accident?
  4. How Could A Pavement Tripping Accident Occur?
  5. No Win No Fee Pavement Tripping Accident Compensation Claims

How Much Compensation For Tripping On The Pavement Can I Receive?

Compensation for pavement accident claims can include general and special damages. General damages are provided to cover for the pain and suffering caused by the injuries you’re claiming for.

Payouts for general damages vary on a case-by-case basis. To offer insight into how much compensation for tripping on a pavement may be provided, you can view the compensation payouts featured in the table below. These figures have been taken from the 16th edition of Judicial College guidelines (JCG). This is a document many legal professionals will use when valuing general damages as it provides guideline compensation brackets for various injuries.

The table should be used as a guide only. The top entry does not also appear within the JCG.

Injury Compensation Comments
Multiple Severe Injuries Plus Special Damages Up to £1,000,000+ A compensation award for multiple severe injuries and their financial losses such as lost earnings.
Tetraplegia £324,600 to £403,990

Full awareness of disability with 25 year life expectation.
Leg injuries (i) £240,790 to £282,010

Amputation of both legs with at least one of the legs amputated above the knee
Moderate brain damage (i) £150,110 to £219,070

Severe intellectual dialect, personality change, sight loss and risk of epilepsy.
Moderate brain damage (ii) £90,720 to £150,110 Moderate intellectual defect, reduced capacity to work and risk of epilepsy.
Knee injuries
severe (i)
£69,730 to £96,210

Joint disruption, ligament damage and development of osteoarthritis.
Severe back injury (iii) £38,780 to £69,730

Injuries including disc lesions or soft tissue wounds, leading to remaining disabilities, pain and discomfort.
Moderate back injury (i) £27,760 to £38,780 Injuries such as crushing or compression fractures, with substantial risk of osteoarhritis.
Ankle injuries
Very Severe

£50,060 to £69,700 Rare severe injuries of extensive soft-tissue damage and deformity.
Foot Injury (moderate) £13,740 to £24,990 Risk of long-term osteoarthritis.
Foot Injury (modest)(g) Up to £13,740 Short-term damage to foot and pain as result of injury

Those eligible to claim for general damages after tripping on a pavement could potentially also claim for special damages in addition. Special damages can cover the financial losses or expenses that are directly related to your injuries. For example, if your injuries have forced you to take unpaid time off work, then you may be able to claim the loss of earnings as special damages.

Other losses you may be able to claim for include:

  • Travel expenses.
  • Medical costs.
  • Care expenses.

Providing a copy of your bank statements or any relevant invoices could help support your claim for special damages.

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Uneven Pavement Injury – When Can I Claim?

Under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, you are owed a duty of care while in a public space by the party in control of that space. Controllers of public spaces must take necessary steps to ensure the reasonable safety of members of the public who are using that space.

If you tripped and fell on an uneven pavement, you might be eligible to claim for compensation. However, all pavement accident claims must meet the personal injury claims eligibility criteria. This is:

  1. You were owed a duty of care.
  2. This duty was breached.
  3. You suffered an injury due to this breach.

To check the eligibility of your case or to see how much compensation for tripping on a pavement you could receive, contact a member of our advisory team today.

How Long Do I Have To Claim For A Tripping Accident?

You may be wondering ‘what is the time limit for pavement accident claims?’. Personal injury claims must be started within the relevant time limit. According to the Limitation Act 1980, you generally have three years to start your claim. This can begin on the date of your injuries, but there are some exceptions.

For example, the time limit is frozen for those under the age of 18. While the time limit is frozen, a litigation friend can be appointed to start the claim on the child’s behalf. Otherwise, the time limit reinstates on their 18th birthday and runs until they turn 21.

Similarly, the time limit is indefinitely suspended for those who lack the mental capacity to make a claim for themselves. At any time while the time limit is suspended, an appointed litigation friend can start the claim on their behalf. If they recover the capacity to claim, then the time limit reinstates on the date of their recovery.

To find out if you could be within the time limit to make a trip on pavement claim, contact our team.

How Could A Pavement Tripping Accident Occur?

You might be eligible to claim compensation if you suffered an injury when you tripped and fell on an uneven pavement. However, as we have already mentioned, you will need to demonstrate that you suffered your injuries as a result of a breach of someone else’s duty of care.

Here are a few examples of injuries that could result in pavement accident claims:

  • An ankle injury from tripping over an uneven pavement. 
  • Tree roots could raise the pavement, which can cause you to trip and fall, resulting in a knee injury
  • There could be loose or rocking paving slabs. These could cause you to lose your balance and result in a head injury
  • Missing manhole covers could cause a fall leading to a broken bone
  • Overflowing bins could result in a slip on litter, causing a broken wrist

If you would like to know how much compensation for tripping on pavement you could claim, speak with an advisor from our team.

No Win No Fee Pavement Tripping Accident Compensation Claims

If you tripped and fell on an uneven pavement and were injured as a result, one of our solicitors may be able to help you make a personal injury claim. Working with a solicitor can make the claims process seem less daunting, as they can help you gather evidence, offer more information on valuing compensation, and explain legal jargon. 

An additional benefit is that our solicitors work on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that they work under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), under which your solicitor will start working on your claim without asking for a fee. Similarly, they won’t charge for their continued work, and you will not pay a fee if your claim fails.

If your pavement trip claim succeeds, then you will pay a success fee. The success fee is taken directly from your compensation as a percentage amount. However, this percentage is limited by a legal cap, which helps to make sure that you keep the larger share of compensation. 

Our advisors are here to help. When you get in touch, a member of our team can evaluate your claim for free. During this evaluation, they can assess the validity of your claim, answer any questions you may have, and potentially put you in touch with a solicitor. 

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