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Angela Richards, a personal injury Solicitor at Seth Lovis & Co, recently acted for Mr A who injured his elbow on the London underground. 

Mr A was employed as a restaurant manager in the west end of London and had been working on New Year’s Eve. After closing the restaurant, Mr A walked to Tottenham Court Road underground station to catch his normal tube home. As he was walking down the steps to the underground station, he slipped on two particularly slippery tiles on the steps which were different to the other tiles on the staircase and landed heavily on his elbow.

Permanent Symptoms

Mr A sustained multiple fractures to his elbow, which required surgery. He was unable to work for a week post accident and was restricted in the duties he could perform once he returned to work for several months after the accident. Mr A was still experiencing pain over 3 ½ years after the accident and according to medical specialists will have permanent ongoing symptoms. He may also require joint replacement surgery within 15 years.


Mr A decided to bring a personal injury claim for his injuries. Angela initially brought the claim against Transport for London who denied liability on the grounds that the steps were the responsibility of the London Borough of Camden. The London Borough of Camden accepted that the stairs were their responsibility but denied liability for the accident on the basis that the tiles were suitable for the steps.

Angela therefore instructed an expert engineer to assess the two tiles. The engineer concluded that the slip resistance of the tiles was insufficient when they were wet or dirty, as per the British Standard for slip resistance, and were not suitable to be used on a staircase of a busy London underground station. Upon sight of the expert evidence, the London Borough of Camden agreed to pay Mr A £10,500 in compensation. 

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Following settlement of the claim, Angela Richards commented “I was delighted with the outcome of the claim and that after much investigation and determination to establish liability Mr A received £10,500 in compensation for what was a serious elbow injury.”

If you or a family member have been injured in a slipping or tripping accident and would like to pursue a claim for compensation, contact our personal injury solicitors for a free assessment of your claim. Call us on 020 7420 7020 or complete an online enquiry form and one of our solicitors will contact you by phone to discuss your claim.

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Author - Angela Richards

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