Injuries on public footpaths and highways are commonly caused by a number of factors including:
- Obstructions on walking surfaces
- Road works or utility works being carried out causing obstruction to pedestrians
- Insufficient lighting
- Poorly maintained footpaths and walking surfaces
Local authorities have a duty to take reasonable care to keep public highways safe for people to use. Likewise, if a utility company or other contractor is carrying out work in a public area they also have a duty to ensure the safety of passers-by.
Can I make a claim?
If you suffer an injury on a public footpath or highway, and it wasn’t your fault, you may be able to make a personal injury compensation claim.
Identifying the person or company responsible can be an issue in some claims. For example, if you have a slip or trip on a public footpath due to utility work being carried out on it, we would need to find out who is responsible for maintaining a safe environment for pedestrians. It could be the local council, the utility company or the sub-contractors who are carrying out the work.
We are experts in this type of claim and will investigate the circumstances thoroughly in order to find out who is at fault and help you to claim the compensation you are entitled to.
What can I claim?
You may be able to claim:
- General damages: these cover physical pain and suffering, but can also include emotional pain such as depression which is a result of the injury.
- Special damages: these cover things such as loss of earnings and out of pocket expenses, including medical expenses.
The amount of compensation you’ll win will depend on the severity of your injuries and the extent of your losses.
How do I make a claim?
Contact our personal injury specialists now to discuss making a no win/no fee personal injury claim. We’ll guide you through the whole process and make sure that you receive the best compensation possible.
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