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Damages Awarded for Fall on Unlit Ground

21 September 2015

A restaurant owner suffered injuries as the result of falling on uneven ground, left poorly lit by contractors.

Slater and Gordon Solicitor: Sarah Blood is a Personal Injury Solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Derby.

Settlement value: £6,500

What happened: The client was the owner of The Ice House (a restaurant/public house) at the time and was walking back to his premises late at night to check that the bar was locked. The area was accessed by a cobbled court yard which the local council using sub-contractors (the Defendants) had been renovating during a period of regeneration to the area. The Defendants had been working on the area during the day. They had removed a recessed light from the ground and had failed to erect any warning signs to alert pedestrians to the uneven ground in this area. The area was poorly lit and as the claimant walked across the court yard he stood on a cobble that shifted and fell into a hole left by the removed recessed light next to it. This caused the client to stumble and twist his left knee sustaining injury.

Impact: The claimant has undergone various medical investigations, physiotherapy and surgery as a result of on-going symptoms. A medico-legal expert stated that the accident accelerated symptoms of degenerative change to the left knee by a period of five years.

How Slater and Gordon helped: Slater and Gordon helped the client pursue a successful claim for compensation, which included obtaining medical evidence that identified a problem with the client’s knee that resulted in him having arthroscopic surgery to the knee.

Decision: Pursuing the claim enabled him to have this surgery and receive compensation for the loss of earnings he incurred after whilst recuperating.

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