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In December I tripped on a pavement and broke my glasses. I had two black eyes, but now my solicitors tell me that because the pavement wasn’’t uneven by more than an inch I can’’t claim compensation. The council has since re-laid the flagstones where I fell.

I take it the council repaired the pavement after it was inspected by your solicitors. When an accident like yours happens it’’s important to gather the evidence quickly before it disappears but assuming you and your solicitors were on the ball I’’m afraid they’re probably correct. The rule-of-thumb in these cases is that if the flagstone was raised less than an inch the council are unlikely to be liable. The courts have said that it is unreasonable to expect a council to keep a pavement completely smooth.

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