Big decline in East Lancashire pavement fall claims

Blackburn Citizen: Pavement compensation claims are down Pavement compensation claims are down

COMPENSATION payouts for slips, falls, and damage caused by defective roads and pavements in East Lancashire have plummeted over the last three years.

The average claim in Blackburn with Darwen fell from £5,350 in 2011 to £350 in 2013.

And Lancashire County Council paid out an average of £2,207 in 2011 to £373 in 2013, figures released under the Freedom of Information Act revealed.

But a spokesman for Blackburn with Darwen Council has warned the figure could still rise, as people have a three-year window in which to make a claim.

Solicitors carry out their own investigation and preparation before submitting a claim to the council, which can take time, she said.

Executive member for resources Andy Kay said: “Every claim is investigated. If the council has a defence in law then the claim will be rigorously defended. Where the council believes an individual case is justified, the claim is settled promptly.

“Due to the legal process, a great proportion of the money paid out in the three years has been payments to third party solicitors. Individual claimants will have received a small percentage of this sum.”

Coun Kay also said the amount a solicitor can claim has ‘greatly reduced’ since July 2013.

In 2011, Blackburn with Darwen Council announced it would spend £1 million on fixing pot holes in several streets. No successful claims have been made on any of the 19 streets since they were patched up.

Director of Lancashire County Council’s highway services, Phil Barrett, said: “The fact that we have a rigorous inspection regime and react quickly on repairs means we’re well placed to prove to the courts that we do all we reasonably can to keep the roads and pavements in a safe condition.

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12:50pm Thu 2 Jan 14

paulc says...

"people have a three-year window in which to make a claim. "

That's dangerous. People might cut themselves and sue.
"people have a three-year window in which to make a claim. " That's dangerous. People might cut themselves and sue. paulc

12:58pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Casper's mum says...

"The average claim in Blackburn with Darwen fell from £5,350 in 2011 to £350 in 2013. "
So, the amount awarded has declined in the past 2 years but has thenumber of claims actually declined?
"The average claim in Blackburn with Darwen fell from £5,350 in 2011 to £350 in 2013. " So, the amount awarded has declined in the past 2 years but has thenumber of claims actually declined? Casper's mum

1:14pm Thu 2 Jan 14

workaholic says...

Should have kept it quiet !
Might stir those opportunist back into action now!
Should have kept it quiet ! Might stir those opportunist back into action now! workaholic

2:56pm Thu 2 Jan 14

woolywords says...

Is there any resurfacing work going on, anywhere in Blackburn?
As I've seen nothing being done.

They repainted all the yellow lines on Mosley St, then sent the Enforcement team around the next day - to pay for it, perhaps?
Or am I just being, cynical...
Is there any resurfacing work going on, anywhere in Blackburn? As I've seen nothing being done. They repainted all the yellow lines on Mosley St, then sent the Enforcement team around the next day - to pay for it, perhaps? Or am I just being, cynical... woolywords

3:12pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Frisson says...

i think the council need to get onto Colenso Rd. That raod is like a quarry there is that many potential hazard points
i think the council need to get onto Colenso Rd. That raod is like a quarry there is that many potential hazard points Frisson

4:59pm Thu 2 Jan 14

phil kernot says...

People should have to pay a up frount fee if there on benefits to make a claim and if thay lose because its a no brainer , be made to pay the costs , I've seen out of town solicitors , go to shadsworth and roman rd estate door knocking , just because thay want the beginners fee , off the legal aid board , , that's not right ,,,
People should have to pay a up frount fee if there on benefits to make a claim and if thay lose because its a no brainer , be made to pay the costs , I've seen out of town solicitors , go to shadsworth and roman rd estate door knocking , just because thay want the beginners fee , off the legal aid board , , that's not right ,,, phil kernot

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