County council pays out £330k in injury claims

More than £330,000 in injury claims have been paid out over the past four years by Suffolk County Council towards the personal injury claims of people who tripped on pavements in disrepair in the area.

The East Anglian Daily Times recently submitted a Freedom of Information request in order to discover that personal injury compensation of £331,546 has been paid out going forward from 2007.  The newspaper discovered that damages ranged from £50 for a fall in Elmswell at Hanover Court to as much as a £70,000 accident claim in Needham Market at Primrose Way.

The newspaper report did not provide details on the accident claims or the nature of the injuries sustained.  However the total number of successful claimants against the council was revealed to be thirty four.

Both East Street, Sudbury and Strawberry Fields, Haverhill were the sites of some of the larger payouts. Compensation awards of £12,561 and £22,766 were made to the respective injured parties in both cases.

A Suffolk County Council spokesperson commented on the report by saying that the council had an inspection and repair policy in place that was quite robust.  This was reflected by the vast majority claims brought against the council being defended successfully, the spokesperson added.

However, Suffolk County Council did admit that the courts made the decision in a minority of cases that the council had not lived up to its own high standards.  The council spokesman stated that it was a constant struggle to both meet and exceed these standards on a consistent basis.

The names of the claimants were not released to the public in order to protect the anonymity of the injured parties.

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