I reported my accident to the local authority, what do I need to do next in order to make a claim for injury compensation for tripping on a loose pavement?
It is important that the local authority is made aware of an accident if you are looking to recover injury compensation for tripping on a loose pavement, and you were correct to report the accident promptly.
You must also have sought medical attention for any injuries you sustained when you tripped and fell. A claim for injury compensation for tripping on a loose pavement must be supported by medical records. If an injury was not severe enough to seek treatment by a doctor, it would not warrant a claim for compensation being made. If you have not yet sought medical treatment, you should visit a doctor as a matter of urgency.
Once your injuries have been treated, you should return to the place where you tripped to collect evidence of the hazard which caused you to fall and sustain an injury. A claim for a trip on loose pavement against the local authority must be supported with evidence of negligence, and this must be collected promptly while it still exists. Since the local authority is now aware of your accident and the hazard which caused it, it is likely to arrange an inspection of the hazard by its pavement maintenance team and schedule repairs promptly to prevent further accidents from occurring.
If your injuries prevent you from being able to record details of the hazard personally, you should ask a friend or family member to do this on your behalf. Photographic evidence should be taken of the hazard and its exact location. Close up photographs should be taken, together with a longer range shot showing the loose pavement in relation to the surroundings. This is particularly important to help prevent any confusion over land boundaries.
If extensive evidence can be collected to establish that the local authority has been negligent, it is more likely that liability will be accepted and your claim for a trip on loose pavement will be resolved quickly with local authority’s insurance company.
It is also advisable to seek legal advice from a personal injury lawyer about claiming pavement trip injury compensation. Eligibility to make a claim will be confirmed, and you will have the claims process explained in full. A lawyer will be able to assess the strength of your case, as well as calculate the amount of pavement trip injury compensation you are entitled to recover.