Our client was a lawful visitor to his friend’s rental property in Cookham Dean, Berkshire and was walking in the rear garden. As he was walking, he stepped onto a drain cover which suddenly collapsed below him, causing our client to fall through the drain and into a cess pit below. As a result of the fall, our client suffered multiple fractured ribs and soft tissue injuries and internal bruising. Our client also suffered shock and trauma caused by the bizarre and shocking accident circumstances. Fortunately, there was no dispute over liability and the landlord’s insurers accepted their policyholder had breached their duty to take all reasonable steps to ensure lawful visitors to the premises were kept safe from defects likely to cause harm. Our experienced team personal injury team were able to quickly obtain medical evidence providing an opinion and prognosis upon the client’s injuries and likely recovery period and thereafter negotiate a settlement of £9000.00 by way of damages for injuries and financial losses.
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