Swansea Council ordered to pay compensation for broken step injury claim
We represented a Swansea man who acts as a full time carer for his wife who suffers with M.S. When he went for a walk one day he chose to take a different route home, using some paved steps close to a footpath. The steps were in a very poor state of repair and there was a large piece missing from the final step. Unfortunately our client missed his footing and fell heavily, suffering a broken shoulder as a result. Because the break was slow to heal he had to have surgery. During this time he struggled with his duties as a carer and his daughter had to take over responsibility to care for her mother.
The man called our free legal helpline for advice and we agreed to take on his broken step injury claim on a no win, no fee basis. It was our opinion that Swansea Council should have repaired the steps and were therefore responsible for the accident. Swansea Council denied all responsibility. They said that although they owned the land, no one had reported the broken step to them.
We disagreed with Swansea Council. Specialist accident claim solicitor James McNally was assigned to the case. James is a Partner with considerable experience of dealing with this type of case and has brought many claims against Swansea Council.
James obtained a second opinion from a barrister who supported our view of the broken step injury claim. Court proceedings were therefore commenced against Swansea Council. However, just before the trial Swansea Council obtained a statement from the doctor who had treated our client at A&E immediately after the accident and who had noted a discrepancy in the number of steps our client had fallen down. Swansea Council used this to question his credibility.
We were able to track down a witness who had seen our client fall on the last step and had helped him home. We also carefully considered all the hospital records and were able to show that the hospital had made several mistakes when describing the accident circumstances. The Judge was presented with this evidence and as a result believed our client’s version of events, holding Swansea Council legally responsible for the accident. He was awarded compensation of £15,000 by the judge.
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