£23,000 awarded for pothole and wet road errors | Personal finance | Finance

Payments of up to £23,000 each have been awarded as compensation for everything from potholes to wet floors.

Compensation specialists The Compensation Experts have revealed the litany of litigation that has resulted in payouts to more than 22,000 people across the UK.

The firm says more than 2,000 people have filed lawsuits for tripping on sidewalks, while almost the same number have taken legal action for slipping on a wet floor in a store.

Another 3,000 people have claimed compensation for an accident at work, while others have claimed damage caused by potholes.

Some of the most notable claims include a £1,500 payout for an injury on a driving range, £3,200 for slipping in a fast food restaurant, £3,754 for falling in a beer garden, £3,637 for tripping over a pothole and a whopping £23,000 for slipping on chalk at a sports centre.

Charlotte Rennox, Head of Organic Search at The Compensation Experts, said: “The risk of injury in a public space depends largely on those in positions of responsibility and their ability to protect the public. Working in this sector, we have built up close relationships with our partner law firms and have become familiar with the many ways in which a person can become vulnerable to slips, trips and falls.

“But the research we have conducted into the more bizarre incidents is even more revealing. It really highlights the importance of ensuring that appropriate security processes are in place at all times and that risks are effectively addressed by those in power and clearly understood by the other side.”