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How Much Compensation For Tripping on Pavement Accident?

By Michael Patrick. Last Updated 18th January 2021. 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 fallen or a slipped or tripped on a 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 which 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!

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A Comprehensive Guide to Compensation Claims for Pavement Accidents

To have the best chance of making a successful 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.

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.

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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 pavement accident was caused by tripping rather than slipping then often, it will be easier for us to make a successful 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 negligence, and therefore, to claim the council or landowner.

To summarise, if you have become the victim of some kind of injury or loss due to a pavement accident which happened on land owned by the council, local authority or some kind of private company, then you may well be entitled to 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 as a result of your injuries. Although it’s not always easy to prove negligence, you should nevertheless get in touch with us 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 for 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 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 claim if you have suffered injuries that are attributable to a local authority failing to meet their 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 which 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 pavement accident resulted from their error or omission, then we will be in a strong position to claim compensation for you.

Some examples are:

  • 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.

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 solicitor about the accident may be upsetting for many people as it will include going over the event again in some detail. But, 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 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?

No Win No Fee Pavement Tripping Accident Compensation Claims

No Financial risk to you No Win No Fee means if your cases do not win then you do not need to pay a pennyPursuing any kind of claim for damages against a council, local authority or landowner can be a lengthy process involving many hours of legal work. For example, in the most severe cases where the victim has sustained serious or life-changing injuries, and where the lawyers for the council or landowner vigorously contest our claim, then the expenses involved can run into tens of thousands of pounds.

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 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 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 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.

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. 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.

Leg injuries£1,000 to £103,250Compensation amount driven by severity
Knee injuries£1,000 to £73,125Compensation amount driven by severity
Ankle injuries£1,000 to £53,000Compensation amount driven by severity
Foot Injury (Mild)£1,000 - £11,050Short-term damage to foot and pain as result of injury
Foot Injury (Moderate)£18,500 - £52,900Long-term loss of function of one or both feet, with an ongoing disability as result of the injury.
Cheek bone£1,000 - £2,900
Jaw boneUp to £40,000
Several teeth brokenUp to £10,000
Single tooth brokenUp to £2,900
Single tooth brokenUp to £2,900
Fracture or break of one or both armsUp to £50,000
Quadriplegia£249,790 to £310,000
Minor head injury£1,000 to £9,700
Moderate head injury£11,650 to £32,700
Moderate brain damage£32,725 to £166,000Compensation amount driven by severity of long-term brain damage.
Moderate to severe brain damage £166,500 to £215,350Measured by long-term effects upon quality of life.
Severe brain damage£214,350 to £307,000
Minor neck injury£3,300 to £6,000
Moderate neck injury£6,000 to £29,250 Compensation amount driven by actual damage sustained and reduced function plus pain.
Severe neck injury£34,575 to £112,950Compensation amount driven by the severity of the damage to the neck, and pain with long-term quality of life loss.
Minor back injury£1,000 to £4,500
Moderate back injury£4,500 to £21.100Compensation amount driven by severity of ongoing pain, the severity of the initial injury.
Severe back injury£29,475 to £122,350Compensation amount driven by severity of ongoing pain, and negative effects on life quality.

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.

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.

We pride ourselves on offering a customer-focused business model to make the process of claiming 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. 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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