When you’re out in public you are just as entitled to a safe environment as when you’re in your own home. Just as you are responsible for repairs and improvements in your house, your local authorities have a duty of care to maintain public places to a safe order when you’re out and about.
Whilst there are many authorities that do demonstrate excellent standards of maintenance, unfortunately there also many public places which are poorly managed. Your local council must ensure that all roads and pavements are adequately looked after; otherwise you are at risk of a slip or fall.
Common causes of accidents whilst in a public place are uneven paving slabs or loose kerbstones. These can cause pedestrians to trip and a nasty fall can cause broken bones as well as bruises and grazing. For the best treatment of your broken bones, you need to undergo orthopedic surgery from the best orthopaedic surgeon of your town.
Potholes in the road are also dangerous because, as well as crossing pedestrians tripping over, the uneven surface can also cause passing vehicles to have an accident.
If you have suffered an injury as a result of poorly maintained road surfaces or pavements, you could be entitled to accident compensation from your local authority. As their duty of care was not maintained and their negligence caused you to injury yourself, they are accountable for financial recompense for the injuries you sustained.
Accident claims can be difficult to comprehend at the best of times, but against a large organisation rather than a small firm the thought of claiming accident compensation can be somewhat daunting.
In these instances, the best port of call is to turn to a specialist accident claims solicitor who can use their expert legal knowledge to claim on your behalf. A professional firm such as Claims Solicitors will have a team with extensive experience in claiming compensation from local councils, who can work to obtain financial award for the injury you suffered and for a contribution towards the cost of any ongoing treatment.