Swansea Council has paid out more than GBP 800,000 in injury compensation for trips and falls over the past five years, it has been revealed.
Insurers settle one quarter of the 157 claims made every year, leading to payouts of around £163,000 per year, the South Wales Evening Post reports.
However, this year injury compensation claims have fallen considerably as a result of better investment and increased attention paid to the maintenance of roads and paths in the area.
"The authority observes a strict inspection and maintenance of public footpaths and pavements and, as such, any claims received in respect of personal injury trips and slips can in the main be defended vigorously," a council spokesman told the paper.
The news follows report in the South Yorkshire Star that a medical consultant left with constant neck pain after she suffered whiplash tripping in Barnsley Hospital is unlikely to receive injury compensation after a judge cleared the trust of liability.