Jonathan Stittle has recently settled a claim for a man who was making a delivery to a house in the course of his employment when he suffered a very painful and nasty foot injury.
Many years before, the Local Authority had installed a set of low edging stones to separate the gardens of the properties from the pavement.
The stones, made of concrete, had crumbled and decayed due to their age and the weather and had not been repaired or replaced. In the precise location where our client walked, there was a rusted, exposed metal spike which had previously anchored one of the stones to the ground.
Unluckily, our client stepped on the said spike which penetrated the sole of his sturdy walking boots and the underside of his foot.
Fortunately, he received first-class treatment at his local A&E Department and made a quick and near-complete recovery although he was unable to work for several weeks.
The Council concerned quickly admitted liability and we negotiated a deal whereby our client received a five figure compensation sum.
Car Park trip
Eleanor Buckley was instructed by a woman in her mid-fifties following a fall in a Car Park on her way home from Bingo.
The Car Park was uneven and in disrepair causing the claimant to trip due to a defect in the surface and fall forwards, landing heavily and sustaining injuries to her knees, shoulder and hip.Some time was taken to identify the owner of the land as it was not easily apparent. Once this information was obtained, we submitted our claim directly to their insurers. Unfortunately, the insurer did not provide us with their liability decision within the timeframe required by the Personal Injury Pre-Action Protocol, as such we had to pursue them at regular intervals for some time. After many months of chasing, they finally admitted liability.
Following the admission we were able to obtain physiotherapy for the Claimant which assisted her in her recovery. Upon completion of the physiotherapy, we obtained a medical reports and settled her claim for £3,500.00.