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Accidents in the Street
Tripping on uneven paving, raised manhole covers or potholes in pavements can cause injury ranging from minor bruising to more serious injuriesIf you have been injured by tripping on uneven paving or a pothole, and sustained serious injury, Lawson-West solicitors may be able to help.
 
The local authority is responsible for repair and maintenance of pavements and highways.  They should have a programme of inspection and repair in place.  We would check the inspection records to see if the local authority was aware of the defect that caused your accident.
 

If you trip in the street because of badly maintained paving and sustain serious injury:-

 
•         Seek medical advice – you need to have a record of your injuries.
•         Take photographs of the defect, preferably showing the measurement of the defect, eg with a tape measure or a 50 pence coin (these are generally 1” high).
•         Measure the defect on the pavement to confirm it is 1” or more in height as there is a general rule that defects must be 1” or more for the local authority to take responsibility for it.
•         Report your accident to the local authority.  They may repair the area after your report so you need to ensure you have photos of the defect before the local authority repairs it.
•         If anyone helped you after your accident, take their name and phone number as they may be a witness who could support your claim.
•         Contact us – phone Elizabeth Lawrenson on 0116 212 1147 now or complete the on-line form or text ‘accident’ to 07968 88 88 57 and we’ll call you back. Lawson-West make street accident claims on a No Win No Fee basis which means Lawson-West have a vested interest in ensuring your street accident claim is successful. We successfully manage cases for people from across the UK: you don't need to be based in Leicestershire.