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Manhole Cover Accident Claims
If you have been injured in an accident involving a defective manhole cover, you will be able to make a claim for compensation. At JMW, we have extensive experience in personal injury law and have handled many claims for accidents involving manhole covers, whether they happened at work, on the road or while you were out and about.
To speak to one of our solicitors about an incident, call us on 0800 054 6570, or fill in our online enquiry form and we will get back to you.
How JMW Can Help
Every year, we work with victims who have been injured through no fault of their own, helping them win the compensation they are entitled to. We are aware that no amount of money can compensate for the pain and suffering caused by an injury, but it can ensure you are not left out of pocket due to an inability to work or because of medical costs that you’ve had to cover.
Our solicitors are highly experienced in claims of this type and have an excellent track record in claiming compensation for those suffering from an injury caused by a manhole. We are adept at tracking down the responsible party’s liability insurance provider and will act on your behalf throughout proceedings.
Causes of Injury
The most common reason for accidents involving manhole covers is poor working practices from councils and utilities companies. Other ways in which you could be injured by a manhole include:
- Rotten or poorly maintained covers
- Improperly placed covers
- Unsuitable cover surfaces
- Raised service covers
- Unmarked or open covers
- Explosions causing manholes to open
Motorists, cyclists, construction workers and pedestrians could all be victims of an inadequately covered manhole. Where significant holes are left in the road, the proper equipment should be used to ensure it is safe for road users to pass over it.
Regardless of how you have been injured by a manhole, if the accident was caused by somebody else’s negligence, you are entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Who is Responsible?
Local councils and water and electricity companies have a responsibility to ensure that manhole covers are installed appropriately so that passersby are not injured. Regular inspections of manhole covers must be carried out to check for any imperfections or defects, with any problems found being repaired or faulty covers replaced quickly and efficiently. If a fault cannot be fixed straight away, a warning sign drawing attention to the hazard must be placed nearby and the area cordoned off.
Our solicitors can help you prove that the organisations in charge of manhole cover safety did not do enough to keep members of the public safe.
Should you suffer an injury at work because of a manhole, your employer would likely be responsible for failing to provide a safe working environment. No matter what your industry, you should make a claim for compensation if your employer has failed to protect you. In a successful case, you will be recompensed for the time spent off work and any medical and travel expenses incurred, while the negligence of your employers will also be highlighted.