Broken manhole cover results in £12,500 compensation for arm injury

Personal Injury solicitors, Hayward Baker, successful in claim for injuries from fall on footpath due to broken manhole cover in Chislehurst, Kent.  Settlement of £12,500 obtained for claimant.

Hayward Baker Solicitors were successful in claiming compensation in the sum of £12,500 for Mr W who was injured when he tripped and fell over a protruding manhole cover.

Mr W was walking along a footpath in Chislehurst, Kent. As he did so he tripped and fell over on a raised part of a manhole cover.  He put his right arm in front of him to try and protect him from the fall and landed on an outstretched right hand which causing him to dislocated his right elbow.  Our attended the Queen Mary & Bromley hospital for treatment of his injuries.  He underwent manipulation under anaesthetic for the arm injury. The client’s arm was put in plaster for a total of four weeks.  

Mr W contacted us following the accident after being recommended by a friend who had also successfully claimed with us.  We wrote to the council responsible for the footpath where the manhole cover was situated.  As is happened, although the council had been aware of the defective manhole cover, the contractors who had been instructed to fix the defect had failed to carry out the repair.  The claim was redirected the council contractors, who after a short period of time, admitted liability for the accident and the injuries.  At that point we were able to arrange for Mr W to have private physiotherapy to help in the recovery of his injuries.

A medical expert was instructed who wrote a detailed report upon our client’s injuries and the affect that his arm injury had upon his daily life.  As you might expect an injury to the right, dominant, arm greatly affected his day-to-day activities.  The cold weather also increased the pain in his arm. The report concluded that Mr W could expect his symptoms to resolve to a point of best recovery, but was likely to have would have on-going mild symptoms.   He was also left with scarring on his arm from the operation.

We are able to act for claimants who have suffered an injury when walking on public footpaths or when falling on broken manhole covers on a ‘no win no fee’ basis.

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Broken manhole cover results in £12,500 compensation for arm injury
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