Kiteleys Solicitors

Kiteleys Solicitors. 7 St. Stephen's Court, 15-17 St. Stephen's Road, Bournemouth, Dorset. BH2 6LA. Telephone 01425 278866.
Kiteleys Solicitors is the trading style of Kiteleys Solicitors Limited registered in England and Wales, registered number 03113721. VAT Registration No: 658 8813 79.
This firm is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. A list of directors is available for inspection at our registered office.

Slips or trips

  • Call us now on 01425 278866
    • Kiteleys Canford Cliffs 01202 708634
    • Kiteleys Highcliffe 01425 278866
    • Kiteleys Southampton 02380 909091
    • Kiteleys Wimborne 01202 849242
    • Kiteleys Ferndown 01202 875646
    • Kiteleys West Moors 01202 863933
    • Kiteleys Boscombe 01202 393506

Slips or trips on Public Highways

We walk down many footpaths and cross many roads, each day and never expect that we are going to trip and become injured.
However, if a hole or bump on the pavement, or in the road, causes you to trip or fall and sustain an injury, the effects can be devastating.

Most footpaths and roads are known as public highways, and the local highway authority (usually the Council) has a statutory responsibility to maintain them. The law gives the local authority a defence to claims for compensation if it can demonstrate that it took reasonable care to ensure that the highway was not dangerous to traffic.

In many cases this reasonable care boils down to a system of inspection and repairs that in some cases will have been adequate and in other cases not. Compensation will not simply become payable if the road was dangerous – the local authority must also have failed to have taken reasonable care to prevent it becoming dangerous.

To succeed with a claim for compensation it will be necessary to carefully review the local councils own records, and where possible cross reference them with witness evidence of any actual repairs and maintenance from local residents.

At Kiteleys Solicitors we have many years experience in dealing with cases both locally and nationally, and have the specialist skills needed to successfully pursue even the most difficult claims.

Other Slips and Trips (Occupiers Liability)

When you enter premises such a shop, a school, or even a pub, the owner of the premises has a legal responsibility to take reasonable care for your safety whilst you are there. In large stores there should be a clear health and safety policy understood and implemented by the staff at work. Even in smaller premises the owner or occupier should carry out a careful risk assessment to identity and remedy potential hazards.

You may have slipped and hurt yourself because there was no warning sign to tell you that the floor of a supermarket was wet. It may be that no warning is given of a steep step as you enter a changing room and you trip and fall.

If you have been involved in a slipping or tripping accident that you think could have been avoided, then telephone our dedicated personal injury team for a free consultation.

  • Richard Mildren

    Richard Mildren
    Director

  • Amanda Loe

    Amanda Loe
    Associate Solicitor

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Talk to one of our solicitors

At Kiteleys we are always happy to help. We believe that the law should be easily accessible, so if you have any questions for our Personal Injury solicitors, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Call us on 01425 278866 or enquire online.

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Kiteleys Solicitors. 40 Haven Road, Canford Cliffs, Poole, Dorset. BH13 7LP. Telephone 01425 278866.
Kiteleys Solicitors is the trading style of Kiteleys Solicitors Limited registered in England and Wales, registered number 03113721. VAT Registration No: 658 8813 79.
This firm is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. A list of directors is available for inspection at our registered office.