Our instant reaction when we trip over or fall over in a public place is to feel very embarrassed in case anyone has seen us. For some inexplicable reason we all feel rather silly, as though we ourselves have done something to make ourselves trip or fall. The elderly in particular perhaps experience these feelings more than the young.
These feelings of public embarrassment often prevent us making any claim at all, and we just soldier on putting up with the injuries and extra expenses which have been caused by the accident.However the fact of the matter is that we all have a perfectly reasonable expectation to assume that the surfaces we walk along in public places are properly and carefully maintained by the local authority and free from raised flag stones and large potholes. The majority of people do not walk along roads and pavements looking down at their feet! It is therefore quite wrong for us to be embarrassed when we fall over or trip, and quite wrong for us to think that we have done anything ourselves to bring this situation about. It is more often than not, the fault of a local authority, which has failed in its legal duty to maintain our roads and pavements in a safe condition.If such an unfortunate event befalls you then you should seek medical assistance straightaway for any injuries you sustain. Then either you or someone on your behalf should revisit the site where you fell as soon as possible afterwards to take a photograph of the raised flagstone or hole responsible for your fall. It is always a good idea to stand a ruler or 50 pence coin next to the hole or raised flagstone before you take the photographs. It also helps if you have the name and address of any witnesses who saw you fall or helped pick you up in order to corroborate your version of events. It is not usually a good idea to inform the local authority until all necessary evidence has been gathered because they may fix the problem thus preventing all evidence gathering.Injuries caused by accidents like this can be quite minor but they can also be very severe indeed with long-lasting consequences.If you have been involved in such an accident please contact us for a free no obligation telephone consultation about your claim. Remember that it is in your best interests to instruct your local solicitor whom you have known for years and trust rather than some claims handler or distant claims management company.