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How Much Compensation For Tripping on Pavement Accident?

By Michael Patrick. Last Updated 22nd March 2021. Welcome to our guide on pavement accident compensation claims. Pavement accidents are more common than you might think. In fact, they are a big part of our business as accident compensation claims specialists.

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.

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

As owners or publicly accountable organisations, these companies have a duty of care to maintain pavements and open spaces so that they are safe for use by the general public. So, ask yourself: what caused my pavement accident? Were there, for example, uneven paving slabs that caused you to fall? Was there rubbish or some kind of obstruction on the pavement? Was there an uneven pavement repair?

Depending on the circumstances, it may well be the case that you have a legitimate claim against the council for personal injury – and council compensation pay-outs are higher than you may think.

Don’t say “It was just an accident; there’s nobody to blame for it.” Contact us today for free, no-obligation advice. We will be able to quickly establish whether you should try suing the council for injuries caused by an uneven pavement, or suing the council after a fall. As we operate on a conditional fee basis, you’ve really nothing to lose!

So to speak to someone today about claiming pavement accident compensation for tripping on the pavement, call us on 0800 073 8804. You can also write to us by clicking here or chat with our personal injury claims team now via live chat.

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A Comprehensive Guide to Compensation Claims for Pavement Accidents

To have the best chance of making a successful pavement accident compensation claim, you need to be prepared with the information you need. This guide will explain to you what that information is. It will explain the process of making a claim, what types of compensation you might be able to claim for and provide some guidelines on the amount of compensation that you could receive.

The legal service that we offer to our clients always starts with a completely free consultation, at which time, we will gather the facts of your case. When you initially reach out to us, we will set up a further telephone consultation with one of our legal team, at a time that fits you best. We can also arrange for you to undertake a local medical examination if we feel your case needs it.

During this meeting, we will be asking you a series of questions about your pavement accident, so that we can get a clear picture of what happened to you and what injuries and losses you have encountered. We will then be in a position to offer you the most fitting legal advice possible.

Within a single session, we would aim to give you an idea of whether you have a valid reason to claim damages for your fall or tripping on a pavement, plus advice on how much you might have a legal right to claim for in damages.

To learn more about claiming pavement accident compensation for tripping on pavement, please continue reading.

Can I claim for falling on uneven pavements?

You may be able to make a pavement accident claim if you’ve tripped on an uneven pavement and been injured as a result. There are many injuries that can be sustained when tripping on pavement and you could receive compensation if your injuries were caused by negligence.

What Is a Pavement Accident Compensation Claim?

A pavement accident compensation claim occurs when the person pursuing the claim, has become the victim of some form of injury after slipping, tripping or falling due to a poorly maintained surface, lack of housekeeping or cluttered walkways.

Injuries sustained from slips, trips and falls in public places are a frequently encountered type of compensation claim that we deal with. Most accidents that occur on the pavement are relatively trivial, but unfortunately, some can be more serious. The injuries sustained by victims can be as slight as scratches, cuts, and other soft tissue injuries through more severe injuries such as broken bones, concussion and back injuries. In rare and extreme cases, paralysis and loss of life can occur due to a pavement accident.

pavement accident compensation

pavement accident compensation

Because they occur outdoors, the weather can often be a significant factor in these types of accidents. They occur much more frequently when snowy and icy weather conditions prevail when even the most nimble and non-disabled people are slipping around because the pavements are icy.

Wet weather can also make pavements and open spaces more slippery, and darkness during the night and especially during the winter months can also make our pavements more hazardous. Of course, it’s not always possible to prove negligence if bad weather was a cause of your pavement accident, but rest assured that we will do our very best to obtain a settlement for you if the circumstances allow it.

In many instances, and especially where the landowner is a private company (for example in shopping centres, car parks, and other commercial premises) then the owners are legally obliged to provide a safe place for their customers whatever the weather, and so claiming in these situations is often easier.

If your accident was caused by tripping rather than slipping then often, it will be easier for us to make a successful pavement accident compensation claim on your behalf. This is due to the fact that when you trip, you generally trip over something. Some obstacles in the pathway include a pot-hole or a loose, wobbly paving slab, or something that has been left lying obstructing the pavement.

In most cases the council or landowner should have taken some kind of action to protect pedestrians from the hazard; for example, they should have provided warning signs or perhaps the dangerous area should have been roped off. In cases such as this, it is generally much easier for us to prove a breach of duty of care and process a negligence claim against the council or landowner.

The graph below comprised data from the Compensation Recovery Unit, which recovers benefits paid for accidents or injury when a compensation claim has also been made. While this isn’t a comprehensive look at personal injury claims made for public liability accidents, it does give us some insight into the general trends of public liability claims.

Pavement accident compensation claims statistics graph

Pavement accident compensation claims statistics graph

To summarise, if you have become the victim of some kind of injury or loss after tripping on pavement owned by the council, local authority or some kind of private company, then you may well be entitled to pavement accident compensation.

As accident compensation claims specialists, we help people make claims for any type of slip, fall, or trip in the street, on a pavement, in a car park, shopping centre, school premises, company premises, or any kind of public space. And you can also claim for things like loss of earnings too if you had to take time off work due to your injuries.

Although it’s not always easy to prove negligence, you should nevertheless get in touch with us using the contact details at the top and bottom of this guide to establish whether or not a claim might be successful.

What Can I Claim for after a Pavement Accident?

Deciding what you can claim for in compensation for your pavement accident depends entirely upon the accident’s individual circumstances, which are of course, unique in every case. However, typically you will be able to claim pavement accident compensation for:

  • General damages – pain and hardship, mental anguish and other general damages. All of the things that make up the actual physical injury, and also and loss due to property damage, fit under general damages.
  • Care costs – if you need help, assistance or care as a result of your accident. If a family member has had to take time off work to care for you, they can also pursue a claim.
  • Medical expenses – incurred as a direct result of the accident, such as having the initial injury treated, or frequent visits for therapy as an outpatient.
  • Travel expenses – incurred as a direct result of your accident, have to pay for a taxi to take you home from the hospital or use public transport to go for outpatient treatment.
  • Loss of earnings – for people who are unable to work after an accident, they can claim for any income they may lose due to this.
  • Loss of future earnings – if your injuries have long-term effects on your ability to work and you have to give up working entirely, you can claim for this future loss of earnings.

For more information on circumstances where you’d be able to claim after tripping on pavement, please read on.

For What Reasons Can I Make a Compensation If I Have Had a Pavement Tripping Accident?

Broadly speaking, the local government, council or borough authority is accountable for taking care of the pavements and footpaths so that they are safe for use by the public (there are some exceptions, for example, some footpaths and bridleways in countryside areas are excluded). This means that we can attempt a pavement accident compensation claim if you have suffered injuries that are attributable to a local authority failing to meet its obligations.

Some examples are:

  • Damaged, wobbling or incorrectly laid paving stones, curbstones, manhole covers etc.
  • Potholes and pavement subsidence.
  • Cables or pipes protruding from the pathway.
  • Any object blocking the pathway caused you to fall or trip.
  • The council’s failure to provide hazard warning signs or barriers around a damaged or unsafe area of the pavement.

Private companies such as supermarkets and large, multi-store shopping centres also must maintain their pavements, pathways, car parks and so on in a safe condition. If your accident resulted from their error or omission, then you could have grounds to claim pavement accident compensation. Some examples include:

  • Spillages or food or liquid, for example in a supermarket car-park.
  • Floors that were recently cleaned and have been left to dry without adequate warning signs being provided.
  • Any defects or uneven surfaces in pavements, decorative tiling and other types of floor covering.
  • Any failure to warn the general public about hazardous areas, including icy areas during the winter.

If you’re interested in starting a pavement accident compensation claim after tripping on pavement, then this next section will tell you all you need to know.

How to Start a Personal Injury Claim for a Tripping on Pavement Accident

We appreciate that starting a damages claim is not a particularly pleasant event. If the injuries resulting from your slip, fall or trip were relatively minor; there is always pain and a degree of mental stress involved. And talking to a personal injury solicitor about the accident may be upsetting for many people as it will include going over the event again in some detail.

However, you can rest assured that we have years of experience in dealing with cases like these and we will do our utmost to ensure that our consultation with you is as stress-free as we can make it.

To have a chance of getting a pavement accident compensation pay-out you are going to need proper expert legal advice, and this is our speciality. When you contact us, we will arrange a meeting with you at a convenient time to establish the essential facts of your accident. We will be asking questions, and these below are typical of those we need answers for:

  • Where, when and how was the accident caused, and why did the incident occur?
  • What happened leading up to the incident and afterwards?
  • Were you alone? Were there any witnesses?
  • Do you feel you are at all responsible for the accident occurring?
  • Did the council or landowner do anything / fail to do anything that may have contributed to the accident?
  • What is the extent of the injuries that were caused by accident?
  • Has your work and income suffered because you have been restricted by the injury caused by accident?
  • Has anybody else had to care for you?
  • Are you experiencing any long-term health problems because of the severity of your injuries?

Continue reading to find out about claiming pavement accident compensation on a no win no fee basis after injuring yourself tripping on pavement.

No Win No Fee Pavement Tripping Accident Compensation Claims

No Win No Fee allows claimants to make legal proceedings with no financial risk. If your case does not win then you do not need to pay a penny.

Pursuing any kind of claim for damages against a council, local authority or landowner can be a lengthy process involving many hours of legal work, so legal help can be necessary. Even in less severe cases, for example where the victim has suffered a sprained ankle due to tripping in a pothole, then the cost of hiring a specialist solicitor to seek a claim which may or may not be successful, is usually prohibitive for most working people.

We don’t charge any upfront fee and we will not charge you any ongoing legal costs. We only charge a fee if we win your case for you. A contract of this type means simply that there is nothing at all for you, the client to pay upfront.

Instead of paying your solicitor right from the first consultation, and before you even know whether your claim has any chance of success, this method gives people the ability to use an experienced legal firm to seek a settlement on their behalf with no up-front fees.

If we are not successful in securing a pavement accident compensation pay-out for you, there will be nothing to pay whatsoever. If we are successful in securing a compensation payment for your pavement accident, then the award’s total amount will be shared between us.

We believe passionately in this nothing to pay type of model – because we know it has given many thousands of working people the opportunity to make claims for injuries they’ve suffered. In contrast, in the past, those same victims would not have been able to afford legal representation after tripping on the pavement and suffering injuries.

How Much Will I Receive in Damages for a Pavement Accident?

Please note that the following table does not represent fixed amounts that are paid in every case where someone has claimed after tripping on the pavement. Each claim is unique, and the amounts awarded will depend upon the level of negligence and the severity of the injuries, amongst other factors. However, these amounts represent typical payments that have been made for pavement accidents in past cases which we’ve handled.

Updated March 2021.

InjuryCompensationComments
Leg injuries£225,960 to £264,650Amputation of both legs
Knee injuries£65,440 to £90,290Joint disruption, ligament damage and development of osteoarthritis.
Ankle injuries£46,980 to £65,420Rare severe injuries of extensive soft-tissue damage and deformity.
Foot Injury (modest)Up to £12,900Short-term damage to foot and pain as result of injury
Foot Injury (moderate)£12,900 to £23,460Risk of long-term osteoarthritis.
Tetraplegia£304,630 to £379,100Full awareness of disability with 25 year life expectation.
Moderate brain damage £140,870 to £205,580Severe intellectual dialect, personality change, sight loss and risk of epilepsy.
Moderate brain damage £85,150 to £140,870Moderate intellectual defect, reduced capacity to work and risk of epilepsy.
Moderate brain damage £34,575 to £112,950Memory loss, loss of concentration and small risk of epilepsy.
Moderate back injury£26,050 to £36,390Injuries such as crushing or compression fractures, with substantial risk of osteoarhritis.
Severe back injury£33,080 to £59,490Injuries including disc lesions or soft tissue wounds, leading to remaining disabilities, pain and discomfort.

Please note that compensation for loss of earnings, care costs, and other costs such as travel expenses is always judged based on each case’s unique facts. To chat about the details of your pavement accident compensation claim with us today, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team.

Why You Should Select Us for Your Pavement Claim

To be successful in getting a compensation payment following a pavement accident, you are going to need a legal team with experience and expertise in the field. We have been in this business for a long time, and our track record speaks for itself.

Part of the reason for our success is that we are a company which puts its clients first. We understand that you have been through a traumatic experience, and we will be there to support and guide you through every step of the claims process, regardless of just how long it takes.

If you need to talk to us at any time, we are always just a phone call or an email away. Our conditional fee arrangement means that you can safely assume that there will be no legal bills for you to pay unless we are successful in claiming the compensation you are entitled to.

Call us for Free Advice and to Start a Claim

Have you had an accident on the pavement? Have you been the unwitting victim of an injury caused by a slip, fall or trip on land owned by the council, local authority or perhaps on land owned by a private company – for example in a supermarket car park? If you have, and you’ve suffered some kind of injury or been unable to work following your accident, then we are here to help you claim pavement accident compensation.

We pride ourselves on offering a customer-focused business model to make the process of claiming personal injury compensation due to your pavement accident as streamlined and stress-free as we can. We start with an informal and completely free of charge fact-finding session.

Once we know a little more about your case, we will give you the best advice we can on how to proceed with pursuing pavement accident compensation. And we have a great deal of experience in dealing with claims of this type because they happen all too frequently. Contact us today so that we can begin your claim for you – you’ve really nothing to lose!

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Compensation For Tripping On Pavement FAQs

How do I make a claim for pavement tripping?

In order to make a claim after tripping on pavement, you need to have been injured in the accident and for the incident to have occured within the last three years. You should collect as much information as possible, such as photographic evidence, to support your claim.

Who is responsible for the pavement outside my house?

Your council or local authority is responsible for maintaining pavement, even if it’s outside your house. This includes replacing paving slabs that are missing or broken. If you notice a tripping hazard on the pavement you should report it to the relevant authority; you can find out who this is here.

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

Putting a value on a slip or fall is difficult without knowing the full details of the accident. In some cases, a slip or trip might result in some soft tissue damage and a few weeks of pain, whereas for others the outcome could be broken bones or something even more serious. We’d recommend that you get in touch with our team today to speak about your case and see how much you could be owed.

How long do I have to make a personal injury claim?

Personal injury claims have time limits of 3 years. If you don’t claim within this limitation period, you risk losing access to the compensation you deserve.

How is pain and suffering compensation calculated?

In order to prove the extent of suffering you’ve experienced as a result of your accident, you’ll be asked to undergo a medical assessment by your solicitor (should you choose to work with one). This way, they can determine how you’ve been physically and mentally affected, as well as how your quality of life has been impacted. The higher your level of suffering, the more compensation you’ll likely be entitled to.

How is compensation paid?

Compensation payouts are split into general damages and special damages. Whereas general damages can account for physical and psychological harm, special damages can account for financial losses, such as loss of earnings and other out of pocket expenses spared.

What is a good settlement offer?

If you choose to work with a personal injury lawyer, you’ll get expert advice on what settlement offers to accept and which to reject. This way, you can rest assured that you’re getting the maximum compensation that your claim deserves.

Can I claim for emotional distress?

Pavement accidents can not only be physically tolling, but emotionally tolling. Therefore, like any other personal injury claim, you could be compensated for emotional distress that you suffered as a result of your accident.

Thank you for reading our guide to claiming pavement accident compensation for tripping on pavement.

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