Injury Caused by rotten Stile crossing on public footpath

1st Aug 2018

I was walking my dog on a public footpath and and came to a stile crossing. When i crossed it the stile posts have become rotten and it lent over making me fall full force over onto my ankle, pain was so bad i just had to sit there for a half hour before i was able to get back onto my feet and hobble back to the car, ended up going to A+E , have a severe sprain and unable to walk on it now

Am I entitled to claim compensation? As I am a self employed carpenter and wont be able to work with this injury.

CATEGORY: Personal Injury

LOCATION: WEST SUSSEX

1 answer
  • Nelson Myatt Solicitors LLP

    I've dealt with a similar matter in the past and struggled to get a barrister on board.

    The case will ultimately hinge on two things:-

    1. Whose land the public footpath was crossing so it can be determined who was responsible for it's upkeep and whether they have been regularly maintaining the stile.

    2. Whether it was obvious that the stile posts were rotten without stepping on it.

    If it wasn't obvious that the stile posts were rotten from looking at them, the person or organisation responsible for the upkeep of the stile will have a good chance of defending the claim as they would not be expected to spot defects that were either hidden or disguised.

    If you would like further information and a quick confidential chat please do not hesitate to contact me on  01492 588200.

    Katie Baker

    Nelson Myatt Solicitors LLP

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