I tripped in pothole in street, can I get compensation?

I tripped in pothole in street, can I get compensation? I was told by locals that it had been there for nearly six months and the council said time and time again that they would address it but they did not.

In answering your question “I tripped in pothole in street, can I get compensation?” it would be safe to assume that you do have a high likelihood of claiming compensation if what you say is true. A local council has a duty of care when it comes to maintaining a safe environment for its residents. The fact that you sustained this injury shows a breach in this duty of care. Even more so, the fact that they had been told time and time again for six months about the issue and did nothing to remedy the potential hazard is negligence of the highest order.

To further address the question “I tripped in pothole in street, can I get compensation?” there are a number of things you can do to which will add supplementary support to your claim. This includes visiting your local GP or emergency room if you haven’t already. Ideally this would have been your first priority, as addressing a possible serious injury is more important than your potential claim; no amount of compensation is worth a lifelong disability. Your medical records could then also be used as evidence of when the accident occurred. You should then return to the scene of the accident and compile evidence of the pothole in the street. This involves taking pictures of the pothole from various angles, measuring the pothole and collecting witness testimonies from those who saw the incident occur and also those who were aware of the pothole existing for several months without the council addressing it.

This is a general overview of some of things you could do to strengthen your tripping in pothole claim, it is in no way an alternative to advice from a personal injury claims solicitor with experience of local council liability claims. Only they will be able to sufficiently answer the question “I tripped in pothole in street, can I get compensation?”


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