Compensation for Injuries after Beverley Tripped and Fell
Beverley received unsupportive advice from Counsel after she tripped over a raised paving stone and fell. We helped her recover compensation for the injury caused by the accident. Beverley sustained injuries as a result of tripping over a raised paving stone on a public highway. She sustained a Colles fracture to her right wrist, substantial bruising to her face and displacement of her front tooth.
Evidence for the Claim
The public highway in question was in a busy shopping area which was subject to regular inspections by the Council. A number of paving stones had become dislodged as a result of roots from a nearby tree. The Council had failed to inspect the highway in accordance with their own criteria. They also failed to identify the raised paving stones as a hazard and danger to the general public.
The Council denied liability for the accident throughout on the basis that they had complied with inspections and that the paving stones were not a hazard. Initially Counsel gave their opinion and they felt that Beverley’s chances of success were less than 50%. They suggested discontinuing the claim. Our Personal Injury team did not agree with this advice so we obtained a second opinion. The second opinion was supportive and Court proceedings were therefore issued.
After negotiations between the parties settlement was achieved and Beverley received £5,000.
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