A recent case highlights the importance of local authorities ensuring regular inspections are carried out on public roads
Angela was crossing a road in Edinburgh city centre, when she tripped over broken paving slabs.
She suffered from a fractured hip, a bump and bruising to the head and neck which required hospital treatment. She also suffered from anxiety following the incident.
How we helped Angela
Our team of personal injury lawyers made a claim against the local Council, holding them at fault for the accident. We put forward the argument that it was the Council’s duty to take reasonable care for the safety of persons such as Angela and that they knew, or ought to have known that the location of her accident was a busy area with high footfall.
Following an investigation period, the claim handlers for the Council admitted liability. We recovered a copy of Angela’s hospital and GP records, and instructed an examination to take place with an orthopaedic surgeon and also a psychiatrist for her anxiety. This allowed for a medical report to be prepared detailing the injuries she sustained and her prognosis for the future.
After the medical reports had been received and approved they were sent to the claim handlers, along with documentation obtained in relation to out of pocket expenses she had accrued as a result of the accident.
The first offer received from the claim handlers was considered too low, so we negotiated and achieved settlement in the sum of £17,250.
I am grateful for all the work Lindsays put in to get my claim sorted so quickly. It has been a long and painful year for me. You have been a great help and the money you got for me is fantastic.