By Jo Jeffries. Last updated 6th April 2022. Welcome to this guide to making a tripping on pavement claim. If you’ve tripped on a broken pavement, you may feel that it’s just bad luck, but in some cases you could claim compensation if you’ve tripped on an uneven pavement.
If you have been injured because of a damaged pavement this guide will answer questions such as, “How much compensation can I claim for tripping on a pavement?” and “What is the pavement trip hazard height in the UK?” as well as “Can you sue the council for uneven pavement?” and “How do I make a claim for pavement tripping?”. If you have tripped on a pavement and injured yourself, you will find all of the information you need on this page, to begin making a pavement accident compensation claim.
If I Tripped On An Uneven Pavement How Much Can I Claim?
Accident Claims UK has a 30-year track record of winning compensation payouts for our clients in a wide range of slip, trip and fall accident claims. Call us on 0800 073 8801 and learn how our national claims service can help you, using a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).
Select a Section:
- A Full Guide to Making a Compensation Claim for a Slip, Trip or Fall on a Pavement
- Key Statistics Pertaining to Slips, Trips and Falls in the UK
- How do we Define a Pavement Accident Claim?
- Who is Responsible for an Accident on a Pavement?
- If You Have Had a Pavement Accident This Is What You Should Do
- What Does a Pavement Accident Claim Cover?
- What are the Main Reasons for Making a Pavement Accident Claim?
- Beginning a Pavement Accident Claim If You’ve Tripped On Broken Pavement
- I Tripped On Broken Pavement -How Much Does a Pavement Accident Pay in Compensation?
- Conditional Fee Pavement Tripping Accident Compensation Claims
- Why We are the Best Legal Firm to Make a Pavement Accident Claim
- Contact Us at Accident Claims UK Today To Claim If You’ve Tripped On Broken Pavement
- Useful Links Covering Pavement Slips, Trips and Falls To Help You With A Tripping On Pavement Claim
A Full Guide to Making a Compensation Claim for a Slip, Trip or Fall on a Pavement
Slip, trip and fall accidents are the most common of all accidents in the UK. And here at Accident Claims UK we have a wealth of experience in claiming compensation for our clients following a personal injury caused by a slip, trip or fall. Based on this experience, we have produced this full and detailed guide to making pedestrian accident claims. You will find everything you need to know about making a tripping on a pavement claim on this page. It includes:
- Key statistics pertaining to slip, trip and fall accidents and their causes.
- What a pavement accident is, how they occur and why you may be able to claim pavement accident compensation.
- A discussion on the responsibilities of maintaining public pathways and pavements, and how could be liable for your slip, trip or fall
- Details on what you should do if you have had a slip, trip or fall accident to give you the best chance of making a compensation claim.
- A list of the reasons for why you may be able to make a compensation claim following a slip, trip or fall accident.
- Details on the amount of compensation you might be able to claim following a slip, trip or fall accident.
- How to begin making a claim for compensation following a slip, trip or fall accident, as well as an introduction to the No Win No Fee claims service offered by Accident Claims UK.
If you would prefer a one on one explanation of the No Win No Fee personal accident claims service we offer here at Accident Claims UK , you can call us on the number at the bottom of this page, and we can walk you through what you need to do to begin a claim.
Key Statistics Pertaining to Slips, Trips and Falls in the UK
As you can see from our graph, slips, trips or falls were the most common causes of workplace accidents (non-fatal) in 2019/2020 according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). There are many reasons, as we’ll explain throughout this guide, why such accidents happen. Tripping on a pavement is one.
While these statistics relate to the workplace, claims might be possible against the local authority if a poorly maintained or uneven pavement causes you to trip and hurt yourself.
Thankfully, further statistics from the HSE show that slips or trips don’t feature in the list of causes of fatal workplace accidents in 2020/21.
Have You Tripped On Broken Pavement? Start Your Tripping On Pavement Claim With Us
Rest assured, Accident Claims UK could provide a personal injury solicitor to help you in a pavement accident compensation claim. If you’d like a specialist solicitor to help you claim the compensation you deserve, why not get in touch today?
How do we Define a Pavement Accident Claim?
When claiming for a pavement fall, there are many ways that an accident of this type can happen. However, the key fact when making a compensation claim for a pavement fall, is that the accident was the responsibility of a third party. Typical accidents of this type are:
- Slipping on a wet or dirty floor.
- Tripping on a damaged or torn carpet.
- Falling down badly lit stairs, or due to a defective handrail.
- Tripping on badly maintained paving slabs, either in a public thoroughfare of commercially owned property.
- Tripping over obstacles and obstructions on a pathway, or a pavement trip hazard height related, such as slabs sticking up too far.
Typically, people who suffer a slip, trip or fall accident sustain injuries to their hands, arms, feet, ankle or legs. However, some accidents are far more serious and can result in death. No matter how serious your pavement accident is, even if it was quite minor, you should be able to claim pavement accident compensation. Call Accident Claims UK on the number at the bottom of this page so that we can assist you in doing so.
Who is Responsible for an Accident on a Pavement?
To answer the question, I tripped on pavement, who is responsible? the answer depends on how the accident happened, and who had a duty to prevent it. Every organisation that allows the public onto their premises, such as retails stores, public libraries, railway stations, and even the local council are required under UK Health & Safety standards to make sure that all public walkways are kept safe at all times. Some examples of slip, trip or fall accidents where there is a clear liability are:
- Tripping on a badly maintained public pavement in the street – in this case, the local council would responsible for the accident, as maintaining public pavements is their duty.
- Slipping on a wet floor in a supermarket – in this case, the supermarket operator is responsible, as it is their duty to keep publicly accessible floors safe.
- Falling down a badly lit flight of stairs at a train station – in this case, the owner of the rail service, is responsible for the accident, as it is their duty to maintain the lighting.
Tripped On Broken Pavement? Could You Claim?
If you have suffered a slip, trip or fall, and the accident was clearly the responsibility of a third party, such as in the examples above, then call Accident Claims UK today so we can help you to claim the compensation you are entitled to.
If You Have Had a Pavement Accident This Is What You Should Do
If you wish to have the best chance of successfully winning a pavement accident compensation claim for a slip, trip or fall, especially if this involves taking on a large organisation, such as claims against the council for personal injury, there are things you need to do. These are:
- Take plenty of photographs of the accident and the injury. For example, if you tripped on a badly laid curbstone, then take plenty of pictures of this part of the pavement.
- Make sure the accident has been reported to the correct person. For example, if you tripped on an uneven pavement in the street, notify the council. If you slip on a wet floor in a supermarket, then supermarket staff will likely provide you with an accident report to fill out.
- Make a not of all the events that lead up to your accident, this will help you remember further down the line, so you present the correct facts during your claim.
- If there were any witnesses to your accident, then make sure that you write down their names and addresses. You may need to call on their testimony in support of your claim.
- Get medical treatment, from a professional doctor, so that your injury is recorded within the National Health Service.
What Does a Pavement Accident Claim Cover?
In order to work out how much compensation for a fall, or how much to claim in council compensation payouts, Accident Claims UK needs to work out just what types of damages we can claim on your behalf. Typically, the damages we claim for our clients due to a slip, trip or fall accident are:
- General damages – this category of damages pertains to all of the physical aspects of the injury. The pain, suffering and mental anguish.
- Special damages – the category of damages pertains to the non-physical aspects of the injury, including:
- Medical costs – if you have had to pay any out of pocket medical expenses.
- Loss of current income – if you have missed work and thus lost income.
- Loss of income in the future – if the injury caused by the slip, trip or fall will have a long-term effect on your ability to work.
- Travel costs – for travel to receive medical treatment, including ongoing outpatient treatment, and also travel related to the claim itself, such as visiting your solicitor or the court.
- Special circumstances – if you have had to miss a holiday that was already booked and paid for or have had to miss an important event such as the wedding of one of your children.
These are the most typical reasons that we claim damages on behalf of our clients due to an injury sustained in a slip, trip or fall accident. There are more, so please call us on the number at the bottom of this page, so we can advise you on the damages we believe you can claim in your specific case.
What are the Main Reasons for Making a Pavement Accident Claim?
There are many reasons why people might need to make a claim for compensation following a slip, trip or fall on a pavement. However, these reasons fit into two main categories. There are work accident claims and claims for an accident in public places such as council compensation claims.
Every company is required by law, to maintain a healthy and safe workplace for all of its employees, at all times. If there is a failure in Health & Safety protocol which directly results in either an employee or a person visiting the business premises being the victim of an accident, this will be a valid reason to claim.
Public Accident Claims If You’ve Tripped On Broken Pavement
Public claims are made against any private company or Government funded organisation that allows the public onto its premises. This could be anything from a trip while walking in the street (the local council are responsible to maintain the pavements), to slipping on the floor of a bank. This will be a valid reason to claim pavement accident compensation.
Beginning a Pavement Accident Claim If You’ve Tripped On Broken Pavement
If you believe that you have a valid reason to claim some form of pavement accident compensation, you should call Accident Claims UK on the number at the bottom of this page.
When you do call us, we will spend a little time asking you questions about your accident, and the injuries caused by it. We will ask you questions such as:
- Where and when did the tripping on uneven pavement accident happen?
- Were you in a public place such as walking down the street, or where you in a private premise such as a shop, restaurant or office building?
- Did anyone else cause the accident?
- Were there any witnesses to the accident who can testify as to what happened?
- Has your injury been treated, is there expected to be long-term health issues due to the injury?
- Have you missed work or lost out financially in any other way due to the accident?
Getting Help If You’ve Tripped On Uneven Pavement
Once we have received all the answers we need, we will be ready to give you some free legal advice on what to do next. In many cases, we will introduce you to the national No Win No Fee personal injury claims service that we operate here at Accident Claims Service. This is a very simple, financially risk-free and effective way to claim compensation for an injury sustained due to a slip, trip or fall accident on a pavement.
How Accident Claims Can Help If You’ve Tripped on Broken Pavement
If you choose to use our personal injury compensation claims service, we will begin the process of making your compensation claim. We will always keep you in the loop, and let you know exactly what we are doing on your behalf. We use simple English and not hard to understand legal jargon. We always aim to win the maximum pavement accident compensation possible on behalf of our clients, however, we won’t do anything that could put the validity of your claim at risk.
Medical Evidence Of Having Tripped On Uneven Pavement
As part of the service we offer, we can arrange for you to see a local medical professional for a full examination. The results of this examination will form an independent professional medical opinion that we can use in support of your claim. If you prefer, we can also arrange for one of our legal team to visit your home for a face to face chat about your claim.
If you have any questions at all about how our national personal injury claims service works, or how we might be able to help you with a pavement accident claim, just call us on the number at the bottom of this page and we will do the best we can to answer your questions.
I Tripped On Broken Pavement – How Much Does a Pavement Accident Pay in Compensation?
Every compensation claim is different, and if you refer to the section above that details the different types of damages a person may need to claim, it will be apparent that your own claim will need to be evaluated before any real indication of the amount of compensation you can claim for a pavement accident can be made. However, the table below gives a rough guide the typical amounts people receive:
|Multiple Severe Injuries Plus Special Damages, Such As Lost Wages
|Up to £150,000+
|Severe Leg Injuries
|£54,830 to £87,890
|Severe Leg Injuries
|£39,200 to £54,830
|£39,170 to £54,830
|Moderate or Minor
|Up to £12,590
|£31,310 to £50,060
|Up to £13,740
|£15,320 to £43,060
|£24,500 to £39,170
|£19,200 to £39,170
Get Insight If You’ve Tripped On Uneven Pavement
Conditional Fee Pavement Tripping Accident Compensation Claims
Most of the clients that we deal with here at Accident Claims UK, take advantage of our primary service offering, our No Win No Fee personal injury claims service. We operate legal teams all across the UK and can help people from anywhere in England to claim the pavement accident compensation they are entitled to.
When Do I Pay My No Win No Fee Lawyer If I Tripped On Uneven Pavement?
Under our Conditional Fee Agreement, you don’t have to pay anything at all to us to start your pavement slip, trip or fall claim. As we process your claim, we won’t ask you to pay any ongoing legal fees. And if for some unlikely reason we fail to successfully make a claim on your behalf, you don’t pay us at all. The only time that we ask you to pay our fees, is when you actually receive a compensation payment.
Our No Win No Fee personal injury claims service is an entirely risk-free way to make a claim from a financial viewpoint. You really have nothing at all to lose.
Why We are the Best Legal Firm to Make a Pavement Accident Claim
Accident Claims UK has a 30-year track record of winning substantial compensation payments on behalf of our clients, across a very wide range of different cases.
Contact Us at Accident Claims UK Today To Claim If You’ve Tripped On Broken Pavement
Are you ready to make a compensation claim for an injury caused by a pavement slip, trip or fall? Do you believe that a third-party such as the local council is liable to pay compensation for your tripping on uneven pavement accident? If so, call Accident Claims UK today on 0800 073 8801. Once we have spent some time gathering the facts of your claim, we will offer you some free legal advice on what to do next. In most cases, this advice will be to use our national No Win No Fee personal injury claims service. This is a financially risk-free, effective and simple way to claim compensation.
Useful Links Covering Pavement Slips, Trips and Falls To Help You Make A Tripping On Pavement Claim
Find out if you can make a claim for a slip trip or fall and calculate the compensation amounts contact us today.
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External Links If You’ve Tripped On Uneven Pavement
At the link below, you will find the UK Government operated website that allows a member of the public to report a faulty or dangerous pavement:
At the link below, you will find a fact sheet published by the University and College Union in the UK which takes a look at the UK Health & Safety Executive guidelines on pavement safety:
At the link below, you will find a UK Government operated website that helps members of the public make a compensation claim for an accident caused by a faulty pavement or road. This could include an accident relating to having tripped on broken pavement.
Tripping on uneven pavement accident claim FAQs
Can you sue the council for an uneven pavement that causes injury?
You could sue the council for an uneven pavement that causes injury in some cases. However, to have a valid claim you’d need to prove that they breached a duty of care they owed to you. The appearance of a defect in the pavement doesn’t necessarily mean that the council were negligent. Please call our team for advice on this. We would be happy to offer you a free eligibility check to see if you could claim.
How do I make a claim for pavement tripping accidents?
To make a claim for pavement tripping accidents, you’d have to prove that the local authority had breached a duty of care towards you, causing your injury. We could provide you with a solicitor to help you make a claim for compensation if your claim is valid.
What is the pavement trip hazard height in the UK?
The pavement trip hazard height criteria in the UK is generally one inch. Pavement defects of one inch or more could be considered to be trip hazards. However, you can call our team to find out whether your claim could be considered if the pavement you tripped over was more or less than one inch.
It’s important to note that if you have tripped on uneven pavement, this doesn’t always mean you can make a claim. Please call our team, and we’ll be happy to assess the validity of your case.
I tripped on uneven pavement and suffered injuries, could I claim against the council?
To have a valid claim, you’d need to prove the council had breached its duty of care towards you. The breach must have caused your injuries. You can gather evidence of a trip hazard and your injuries to help support your claim.
My child was injured tripping on uneven pavement- could I make a claim?
If your child was injured tripping on uneven pavement, this could lead to a compensation claim. However, your child would not be able to claim for themselves if they are under the age of 18. instead, you could either wait until they turn 18, whereupon they could make their own claim. Or, you could make a claim on their behalf, by registering to be their litigation friend. Making the claim on behalf of a child certainly something that we could help you with. If you would like to talk to our team, we would be happy to advise you on how to go about doing so.
A family member was fatally injured by tripping on uneven pavement, could I make a claim for them?
If someone has lost their life because they have been injured tripping on uneven pavement, and someone else was at fault, you could make a claim for compensation. Compensation in such cases could lead to damages that cover the cost of their funeral. In some cases, you may be able to get a bereavement award, or even loss of financial support if you are a dependent of the person that lost their life.
My injury from tripping on uneven pavement was treated negligently, could I make a claim for compensation?
In such cases, you may be able to make a medical negligence claim if negligent treatment or advice has led to your injury becoming worse or harder to treat. The NHS pays out a significant sum in clinical negligence compensation payouts. Below, you can see how much negligence cost the NHS in 2020 – 2021.
Final Words On Making A Claim For Tripping On Uneven Pavement
Thanks for reading this guide to making a tripping on pavement claim. If you’ve tripped on a broken pavement, you may feel that it’s just bad luck, but in some cases you could claim compensation for tripping on uneven pavement. Hopefully, we’ve given you the information you need to begin a claim for having tripped on uneven pavement. If we can help you with anything, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.