£6,500 awarded for leg injuries sustained on the road

In 2014 £6,500 compensation was awarded to a 69 year-old woman who sustained injuries from a slip on the road.  The injuries included a deep laceration to her leg sustained when her foot slipped into a grid cover as she stepped off the pavement.

Injury details

The Claimant was crossing a road as she walked home. She stepped out into the road when her left foot slipped into a broken grid cover. 

She fell to the ground and sustained injuries to her leg.

An accident and emergency department treated her injuries. A laceration to her leg was dressed.

The bleeding did not stop and she was admitted for two nights to hospital as an in-patient.

The laceration needed dressings for five months. This impaired her mobility. 

For five months following the accident the Claimant was unable to walk normally. She suffered swelling to her leg after standing or walking. This swelling was likely to be a permanent problem.

She required care and assistance during this five month period with personal care and household chores.

Permanent scarring was left when the laceration healed.

Allegation

It was alleged that the local council were negligent insofar as they failed to inspect, maintain or repair the highway. 

The failure caused a breach of the Highways Act 1980.

The Claimant sustained a deep laceration to her leg. The laceration required hospitalisation to treat initially.

After five months the laceration healed. The Claimant was left with permanent swelling and scarring.

Conclusion and settlement

Liability was admitted and the matter was settled out of Court.

Compensation of £6,500 was accepted to conclude the claim in its entirety.

£5,800 of the damages was attributed to "pain, suffering and loss of amenity."

A further £700 was accepted for costs of treatment, travel expenses and interest.

How can Quittance help you with a slip or trip claim?

If you have suffered an injury from a slip, trip, or fall you may be entitled to claim compensation.  To find out if you have a claim call Quittance on 0800 612 7456 or complete an online form and we will call you back at a time that is convenient for you.