Thanks to the efforts of her personal injury solicitors, one injured cyclist has emerged victorious in her quest to hold the City of York Council liable for her run-in with a particularly nasty pothole several years ago.
Lauren Wilkinson recently received a personal injury compensation award of £7,360 from the city council for their part in the 2006 incident. Ms Wilkinson’s bicycle collided with a pothole in Henworth and fractured her jaw in the resultant spill. Ms Wilkinson was 17 years old at the time of the accident.
A Leeds Crown Court circuit judge initially overturned her victory at York County Court. However after the Court of Appeal heard her case, the circuit judge’s decision was overturned as well.
Members of the press approached the council in order to learn what the council had spent on the legal proceedings through the use of a Freedom of Information Act request. In response to the request, the council’s insurance, risk, and creditors manager declined to state specific costs.
Instead Ms Nyhan stated that in regards to external or internal legal fees, the City of York Council did not actually incur any charges whatsoever. The matter was instead dealt with by the authority’s insurance company according to the council’s insurance policy.
While a full schedule of Ms Wilkinson’s costs has not yet been submitted at this time, City of York Council did state that it will be responsible for paying her court costs as well. Like her personal injury claim compensation award, Ms Wilkinson’s costs will be paid through the council’s insurers as well.
In a related news story, personal injury experts have stated that as the UK experiences harsher and longer winters, the costs associated with the upkeep of pothole damage to its roadways and any resultant injuries sustained by motorists or cyclists may begin to overwhelm local authorities.