£3,000 compensation for parent who tripped over exposed wires


Simpson Millar has won a damages claim for a parent who tripped over exposed wires and broken piping maintained by Virgin Media.

Accident Report

In July 2011, our client was walking in Bradford with his partner and children. He was pushing a pushchair along when he suddenly tripped over a cracked and broken pipe with exposed wires.

The pipe was in a highly populated area often used by families, next to a tree on a public path. As a result, the pavement was unsafe and exposed pedestrians to a risk of injury.

Our client suffered injuries to his right and left arms, including lacerations and some minor scarring.

We initially issued a personal injury claim on behalf of our client to Bradford City Council as the local highway authority. However, they denied liability and alleged that the wires belonged to Virgin Media, who had since repaired the area.

We wrote to Virgin Media as our client's injuries were caused by their failure to maintain or repair the wires and their failure to take adequate care for the safety of pedestrians. They had caused a defect which resulted in a hazard and danger to our client and exposed him to a risk of injury, which could be foreseen. Photographic evidence of the scene of the injury was supplied to Virgin Media in support of our client's claim.

Our client was successfully awarded £3,000 compensation by Virgin Media for his injuries.

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