Case Study: Jogger wins claim against negligent council

By instructing Macks, a jogger who suffered broken bones as the result of a negligent council received just under £5,000 in compensation.

Carl ran most evenings, pacing the streets of his suburban neighbourhood. His training was interrupted, however, when he slipped on an area of broken tarmac. Carl lost his footing and fell forwards, hitting the ground.

As the result of his accident, Carl fractured his right wrist, sustained facial injuries and suffered cracked ribs.

Macks Solicitors – the slip and fall specialists

Following the incident, Carl contacted Macks Solicitors. One of Macks’ personal injury experts explained to Carl that the local authority owed him a duty of care under the Highways Act 1980. In failing to take care of the material area of highway, to repair the broken tarmac and to institute a system of inspection and maintenance the council had breached its duty.

The defendant accepted liability for Carl’s injuries and a settlement of nearly £5,000 was agreed on.

Putting Carl’s accident into context

Carl is not alone, as a government study commissioned ten years ago revealed. Every year, around a quarter of a million Brits suffer a fall as the result of engaging in a leisure activity. Of course, a council’s failure to maintain the highways under its jurisdiction is not the reason behind all of these cases, but such negligence remains a significant cause of many accidents. And where the source of an injured party’s harm can be traced to a local authority’s breach of duty, a compensation claim against that authority can be pursued.

Have you suffered a slip and fall?

If you have suffered injuries as the result of a poorly maintained road or pavement, you should be aware that Macks Solicitors have a wealth of experience in pursuing claims for slips and falls. Every year, Macks’ experts recover millions of pounds for their clients.

If you would like to find out more information about slip and fall claims or a different aspect of personal injury law, please call 0800 980 9390. Alternatively, you may wish to complete the 30-second claim form.

Please note that in the interests of preserving our clients’ privacy, we alter some factual details, including names. The report is, however, based on a real case.


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