Injured ankle on a pothole – who is responsible


apologies if i have posted this in the wrong section – i wasn’t sure where to post

About 3 weeks ago I was walking to school to pick up the kids and, while crossing the road, went over on my ankle in a pothole in the road.

I managed to limp to school, and they looked after me, when I told them what happened, I phoned my husband and he picked me up, and we went to A&E to get it looked at, I thought it was broken.

Luckily it wasn’t broken, just badly sprained, they gave me crutches, and said to put some ice on it.

The road in question had only be resurfaced about 5-6 months ago.

I had to take 2 weeks off work, because I couldn’t drive, so I put a claim in with the local council, I send them photos of my ankle, and the pothole in the road. About a week later I received a letter saying the claim was being looked into and it can take 90 days to reply.

Then this afternoon I had a phone call from the council basically saying that it’s not their responsibility, because they sub-contracted the job out, they had forwarded all my details to them and I should claim against the sub-contractor.

Thinking about this now, is this correct? Isn’t it the responsibility of the council to maintain roads.

Or do I need to claim against the sub-contractor? Would I need a “ no win no fee company” or could I do it myself?

I still can’t walk properly, and I have had to go back to work this week, but now this has happened, I don’t know what to do now

Any advice would be appreciated


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