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Pavement accident claims against councils

There are many thousands of accidents resulting from broken or defective pavements in the UK.

Making a claim for personal injury following such an accident can be rather complex given that local councils are allowed a degree of flexibility as to how they maintain the highways. The general rule that follows a trip or fall on a public pavement is that you must show that the accident occurred due to a severe defect of (usually) more than one inch in depth or protrusion. In addition, you must establish that the Council or local authority have failed in their statutory duty to maintain and inspect the area where the accident occurred.



A council may also have a duty to clear ice or make the highway safe in extreme weather conditions.

These claims are not straightforward but with a good legal team you may have a much better chance of winning your claim. Ask about our No win No fee legal advice service for accidents occurring on the public highway

More on this subject:
Goodes v E. Sussex CC