Man awarded compensation after accident in public place

A local authority's refusal to accept responsibility for an accident in a public place has resulted in a man being awarded a personal injury compensation settlement.

According to the Yorkshire Post, Keith Unwin pursued damages from Sheffield Council after an incident in February 2010, which caused him leg injuries after falling over a manhole cover.

Mr Unwin claims he suffered pain in his shins after tripping on the hazard on council-maintained grassland close to his home in the Gleadless region of Sheffield, but told the news source the authority refused to accept liability for around a year.

However, the 62-year-old will now receive personal injury compensation as the council has admitted fault.

"The pathway and manhole cover were in terrible condition and both were dangerous to anyone passing through," he commented.

Recently, Ian Barnes was awarded £20,000 in damages after falling through an open trapdoor while working at a pub in London, Peterborough Today reported.

Posted by Patrick White
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15/06/2011 16:52