Oliver Chapman, specialist personal injury lawyer based at Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Tunbridge Wells and Dartford (Thames Gateway) offices, has secured a settlement for a claimant who was injured when she tripped over a large defect in the road and suffered soft tissue injuries to her wrist and ankle.
The claimant, who was in her late 50s, lived in a very rural location on a road with no footpaths. One night she was walking along the edge of the road and tripped in a large defect. She suffered soft tissue injury to her left wrist. It settled approximately six weeks after the accident but also caused some ongoing crepitus within the distal radial ulnar joint on radiation and clicking in the wrist. She also suffered a soft tissue injury to her ankle which largely resolved after three months with some minor ongoing discomfort.
We acted pursuant to a conditional fee agreement but Kent County Council, who were the highway responsible for that stretch of the road, denied liability. We obtained witness evidence to suggest that the defect had been there for several years, and the photographs we obtained suggested that it would have taken some considerable time for a defect of that size to develop.
Kent County Council’s insurers continued to defend the claim forcing us to issue protective proceedings. The matter was passed to a firm of solicitors to continue the defence and the case settled very shortly afterwards.
Oliver Chapman specialises in tripping and slipping cases. If you would like to ask Oliver a question about a potential case, or if you have a general query about any personal injury, please contact him on 01892 701234 in confidence.