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Slipping / Tripping

If you have suffered an injury following a fall in a public place, such as a highway or a footpath, you may be able to claim compensation from the person or body responsible for the upkeep of the land.

Of course, some falls are simply accidents, and as such they are no-one’s fault. However, if there was a defect, such as a broken kerbstone or a pothole, that presented a danger to those lawfully using land, it may be possible to claim compensation for the injuries sustained. This is where we can help.

Public highways

The first step is to investigate who has the responsibility for maintaining the area on which the fall occurred. In the case of a fall on a pavement, the local highways authority is likely to have that responsibility. It is therefore essential to establish what sort of maintenance programme was in place and whether or not the necessary repairs were carried out. In the absence of a proper programme of repairs, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries.

Occupier’s liability

If your accident occurred on private land, your claim will be against the owner or occupier of the land. Again, it would be necessary to show that the owner/occupier knew that there was a feature which presented a potential danger to anyone using the land, and that he or she failed to do anything to repair it or to warn of its existence.

Using Butcher Andrews

We have extensive experience in handling all types of injury claim, from relatively modest strains and sprains to serious accidents leading to lifelong disability. We will act for you with sensitivity and compassion, and we will be honest about any difficulties your claim might encounter. We will do our best to achieve the highest compensation available to you in the circumstances. We are confident that if you instruct us to handle your case, you will not be disappointed.

What you need to do

Please feel free to call us for an initial telephone discussion and we will advise you on the best course of action and the range of costing options available including conditional fee (‘no win no fee’) agreements.

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