When a council had to dig a trench along a street in order to carry out road works, it created a temporary path for those using the street.
However, the path it built was unsafe and, in trying to negotiate it, one local resident fell into the trench and was injured.
The council denied liability for the woman’s injuries and argued that the path was safe. However, a settlement was agreed after the injured woman made a legal claim.
Local authorities have a duty to keep public areas, streets and footpaths under their control safe. When an injury occurs because they have failed in this duty, it is standard practice to deny liability, but where there is good evidence that the accident was all or in part the fault of the relevant authority, compensation should be due.
If you have been injured because the council or organisation responsible for maintaining a road, pavement or path properly has failed to do so, it is important to seek specialist advice in relation to any claim for compensation.