Trips and falls cost the council more than £200,000 in personal injury compensation in just 12 months, new figures show.
Bolton Council Paid More Than £200,000 in Personal Injury Compensation in 12 Months
A Freedom of Information request has revealed that Bolton Council paid out £280,715.37 in personal injury compensation between April 2022 and April 2023. This represents an increase of 15% from the previous year.
The leading causes of these claims were accidents on council premises, defects in highways and footpaths, pothole accidents, and accidents involving snow or ice.
A Bolton Council spokesperson said: “All compensation claims are investigated fully, and damages paid where the council has been liable. We take the safety of our residents very seriously and are committed to making sure our roads and pavements are in good condition.”
A claim for falling over in a pothole is a type of personal injury claim. In order to make a successful claim, you must prove that the pothole was the cause of your accident and that the pothole was the fault of the person or entity responsible for maintaining the road.
To prove that the pothole was the cause of your accident, you will need to provide evidence that you actually fell into the pothole. This evidence can include photographs of the pothole, witness statements, and medical records. You will also need to prove that the pothole was the fault of the person or entity responsible for maintaining the road. This evidence can include photographs of the pothole, reports from road inspectors, and records of complaints about the pothole.
If you can prove that the pothole was the cause of your accident and that the pothole was the fault of the person or entity responsible for maintaining the road, you may be able to recover damages for your injuries. These damages can include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
If you have been injured in an accident after falling over in a pothole, you should contact an attorney to discuss your legal options. An attorney can help you gather the evidence you need to make a successful claim and can represent you in court if necessary.
Here are some of the steps you can take if you have fallen over in a pothole:
Seek medical attention. Even if you don’t think you’re injured, it’s important to see a doctor to get checked out. Some injuries, such as concussions, may not be immediately apparent.
Take photographs of the pothole. This will help to document the extent of the damage and will be important evidence in your claim.
Get the contact information of any witnesses. If anyone saw you fall, get their contact information so that they can provide statements to support your claim.
File a claim with the responsible party. This may be the local government, a private property owner, or a construction company.
Contact Claim Today. If you’re not able to resolve your claim with the responsible party, you may need Claim Today to help you get the compensation you deserve.
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