Hayward Baker’s pregnant client receives compensation for injuries after falling down a manhole in Brighton

defective manhole cover

Our client was walking down Victoria Road in Brighton when she stood on a manhole cover. This cover tipped and caused one of her legs to go down the hole which resulted in our client falling and landing on her knee and hands.

As a result of this, our client suffered from injuries. To make matters worse, she was pregnant at the time of the incident.

Hayward Baker also learnt that the defect was reported as dangerous four weeks earlier when another individual was injured in the same way.

Our client’s Injuries:

Our client was walking down Victoria Road in Brighton when she stood on a manhole cover. This cover tipped and caused one of her legs to go down the hole which resulted in our client falling and landing on her knee and hands.

As a result of this, our client suffered from injuries. To make matters worse, she was pregnant at the time of the incident.

Hayward Baker also learnt that the defect was reported as dangerous four weeks earlier when another individual was injured in the same way.

How Hayward Baker Helped:

One of our personal injury specialists Susan Burden took on this case on a no-win-no-fee basis. As the claim was of low value, Alison was able to make the claim to the defendant insurers through the low value Personal Injury Portal.

The First defendant that Susan wrote to acknowledged the claim, but stated that the defect was not theirs and they didn’t own the land it was on.

Susan then wrote to a second defendant who did own the land but denied liability as the local water company were responsible for the defective man hole. After finally receiving the details of the correct defendant, a further letter was sent and this time the claim was acknowledged and liability was accepted.

Susan then obtained copies of our client’s medical records and arranged for her to be examined by a medical expert. This medical evidence let Susan correctly value this claim.

The Valuation:

The medical report from the GP confirmed our client’s injuries and also highlighted some out of pocket expenses that could be claimed for.

Susan drafted a schedule of out of pocket expenses to include travel to and from medical appointments and care and assistance for household duties. Future medical care costs were also calculated and a small amount was added for phone one calls and letters.

Once Susan had collected all evidence she valued the claim and asked the defendant insurers to put forward a settlement offer.

The Resolution:

A settlement figure was agreed for our client  in the sum of £3,533.10 .

 

Hayward Baker’s pregnant client receives compensation for injuries after falling down a manhole in Brighton
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