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Pothole Casualty in Car Park

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The ubiquitous pot holes in car parks and roads all over Britain are causing not only problems for motorists, but also pedestrians as one of our clients found out recently.

We acted for a 56 lady who tripped in a supermarket car park once she had returned her trolley to the storage area.  She suffered soft tissue injuries to her chest, right elbow, both knees and her neck, which also exacerbated a pre-existing condition of arthritis.

The incident happened at the Asda supermarket car park in Chadderton, Oldham, but as is often the case the owners of the car park are a separate company, City Facilities Management UK Ltd, who admitted liability.

We obtained a consultant’s report, the prognosis and an orthopaedic scan showed that the fall had made our clients previous conditions worse and the car park owners eventually settled the case for £2,430.

“What this case shows is the importance of a medical report in helping to achieve a settlement and to fund any physiotherapy needed,” said personal injury, legal specialist, Lisa Anderson.

“It is also important to get pictures of any potholes or items that cause a fall,” she added.  “A picture with measurements to demonstrate the depth and width of a hole is ideal.  Most people have smart phones these days so I would urge anyone to get documentary evidence at the time of the incident. 

“You might not always have a ruler to hand to show measurements, but sometimes an everyday items like a credit card, bus pass or even a wallet will help create some estimation of size,” said Lisa.


For advice on your Personal Injury Compensation Claim call Lisa on 0161 785 3500

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