The risk of injury to cyclists from potholes has recently been illustrated by the case of a cyclist who was left with brain injuries after he was thrown from his bike while training for a charity ride in Rickmansworth in October 2009. Alan Curtis, (36) sued Hertfordshire County Council after fracturing his skull and breaking his arm when he came off his bike when it went into a pothole. He was left with hearing and short-term memory loss.
The judge heard that he had been doing about 18 – 20 mph when he crashed – either as a result of his wheel being caught in a linear pothole or him being forced to swerve suddenly in an attempt to avoid the pothole.
The judge concluded that he did not bear any responsibility for the accident.
Mr Curtis’s solicitor hailed the judgment as potentially “opening the floodgates” to similar claims and warned councils to ensure they fulfilled their duty to keep roads in good repair.
We have a team of specialist solicitors working exclusively with claims arising from personal injury and clinical negligence. Our solicitors will be able to provide you with initial advice and where we consider appropriate we will act for you on a ‘no win no fee agreement’ to obtain compensation for you.
Our team will manage your matter from beginning to end, obtaining medical records, arranging for you to be seen by expert medical professionals, calculating your losses and obtaining compensation for you.
At all stages, you will be working with qualified legal professionals, who are accessible by telephone, email and for meetings to discuss your claim. We are able to take the time to explain the processes, and ensure you feel in charge of your claim from beginning to end.
One of our recent client’s commented that the process of fact finding and explaining the procedure and medical evidence had been invaluable, when dealing with the inquest into his father’s death. He had felt ‘at sea in a field of legal jargon, and completely outside of the process until he came to Morrisons for advice’.
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