A man who toppled over a 3-inch pothole on a road in Hornsey, North London, has been paid the final amount of compensation following the incident which left him with a severe brain injury and epilepsy.
Haringey Council originally agreed to pay 72.5% of the man’s claim value in 2008 but a hearing at the High Court ruled for the remaining amount to be given.
The 38-year-old man, originally from Australia was walking with some friends on the evening of 22nd July 2007 when he fell down over the pothole. The road did have street lights on it but they did not fully light the footpath.
Following the accident, the man underwent brain surgery and months of rehabilitation. He has not been able to work because of the injury and his relationship with his partner has broken down. The man has now returned to his native Australia to recover.
The council has since stated that it spends hundreds of thousands of pounds on the estate roads in its area and that it is sorry for the accident.
The actual sum has not been revealed as it was agreed within the confines of a private hearing.
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Published 11th February 2015.