UPDATE: Sefton Council tarmac over town centre cobbles

Photo: Patch up on London Street, Southport


Following our report on the 14th December, contractors turned up and tarmaced over a large section of the cobbled area that a woman fell on in London Street.

A shopper quoted: “It’s just another quick fix, they will be back”

Tom Burgess said: “It looks a complete mess, you only need to take a look at Portland Street, It’s not keeping with the look of the town”

OTSnews tried contacting Sefton Council who declined to comment.


Original (14-12-2015)

Woman left with head injuries after falling in Southport Town Centre

The public have been urged to take care after a women was left with a cut to the head after tripping whilst crossing London Street this morning, Monday 14 December 2015.

A woman was crossing London Street from the Hoghton Street direction when fell on the uneven road surface.

Shoppers and a local business owner helped the lady who had sustained a cut to the head. A relative who had dropped her off was able to take her to hospital.

A business owner on Hoghton Street that helped the woman said: “This was an accident waiting to happen, we have reported this mess to the Council four times and still nothing has been done.

OTSnews tried to contact Sefton Council this morning but we were told that they are not allowed to comment.


Tripping on a broken pavement usually causes little more than a grazed knee – for some though, it can result in broken bones or worse – here’s how to claim

Part of Sefton council’s job is to keep public spaces safe and in good condition

Have you ever walked over broken or uneven paving slabs and thought “there’s an accident waiting to happen”?

Well, count yourself lucky as chances are, someone else won’t see it.

We tend to think of tripping on a loose or raised paving stone as something that happens to the elderly or frail – those who aren’t so steady on their feet.

Fortunately, tripping and falling on a broken or uneven pavement usually causes little more than a grazed knee and a bruised ego.

For some, it can result in broken bones, muscle damage and other serious injuries.

According to a recent study by Help the Aged, more than 2,300 older people trip and fall every day on broken pavements in the UK.

One of the main jobs of local councils is to keep public spaces in good repair, safe and fit for purpose.

So if you suffer an injury from their failure to do this, then you can make a compensation claim.

How to make a successful claim…


1. Check the details

The surface defect that caused the accident must be reasonably serious.

As a rule of thumb, the raised paving stone or pothole needs to measure a minimum of an inch to be considered for compensation. Smaller defects do cause accidents, but the law tends not to hold councils responsible.


2. You only have three years

Secondly, if you want to make a claim, you need to do so within 3 years of the accident.


3. Is it ‘reasonably serious’?

It must have caused a reasonably serious injury – a grazed knee that heals up after a week or two probably won’t get much sympathy from a judge.


4. Keep everything

It’s essential that you see a doctor immediately, that all your injuries are recorded, and that you get a certificate for any time you need off work.

Collect as much evidence of the accident as you can.

Take photographs of the scene – place a coin or box of matches next to the defect to show how big it is in comparison.

Make a note of the weather conditions, street lighting and so on – anything that might have contributed to your fall.

Try and get the names and contact details of any witnesses, and write a letter to your local council to report the accident, keeping a copy for your records.


Can you claim?

Your claim is not guaranteed to succeed, though, even if you have a serious fall and you do all these things.

Your claim can be rejected if the council can prove that they have a good system in place to inspect the pavement, and they have carried out these inspections on a regular basis.

An experienced lawyer knows how to challenge this kind of defence, and can greatly improve your chances of a successful claim.

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