An elderly cyclist who was hurt after travelling over a pothole on the road in Dartford has receive GBP 6,250 in injury compensation from his local authority.
Kenneth Atkinson, 76, suffered a dislocated shoulder after being thrown from his bike after hitting the hole in the road on Oakfield Lane in May 2007, the Bexley Times reports.
The pothole was supposed have been repaired five weeks before the incident, according to his lawyers, but was still four inches deep.
Despite nearly two years having passed since the incident, Mr Atkinson still suffers from a sore arm which limits his ability to cycle.
After initially denying liability, Kent County Council has now agreed to an out-of-court injury compensation settlement of GBP 6,250 for Mr Atkinson.
Potholes cause as many as one in five mechanical failures on the UK’s roads, according to potholes.co.uk, adding up to GBP 50 million in compensation claims every year.