Council's GBP1m total compensation for road damage

A local council has paid out over £1 million settling injury compensation claims relating to poorly-maintained pavements and roads in the last year.

Members of the public have filed 417 claims for personal injury caused by tripping over paving slabs, as well as vehicle damage caused by potholes for which Wigan council was responsible.

The majority of the sum paid by the council was for court fees rather than the injuries themselves, Wigan Today reports.

Several of the 197 cases date back over a decade, while over half of the claims were more than four years old.

"It takes time to settle claims since the council and its legal advisors do not simply accept the word of the claimant," a spokesman for Wigan council told the paper.

Safety organisation Tyresafe has urged motorists to avoid personal injury and car damage by looking out for potholes caused by the recent harsh winter.ADNFCR-2070-ID-19124454-ADNFCR

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