Recovering from pothole accident, metalwork inserted following fracture to ulna and distal radius

by onlyonediane   June 19, 2012  

On Sunday was cycling slowly and due to the road conditions didn't see the pothole and was launched into orbit resulting in a very bad displaced fracture. Operated on yesterday and had a open reduction and revision of fracture with screw and plate.

Plan is to contact British Cycling Federation helpline.
Take photographs of pothole and my injuries.
Due to poor state of the public highway, hopefully will be able to make a claim.

Bike didn't have a scratch?

No cycling for six weeks, which would be pretty foolish if I had another accident.

Any other ideas I should include?

Many thanks


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Hi Diane

Hope you recovering well after your accident. This happened recently to someone at my club - if you're a BC member then they will direct you to a solicitor who will take on your case. But you'll need photo evidence of the offending pothole and eyewitness accounts of what actually happened.


posted by Winton [69 posts]
19th June 2012 - 23:18


Thanks Dale, taking photograph of pothole not a problem, no witness to accident but was in a state of shock and in a lot of pain. Will see what happens next?

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posted by onlyonediane [167 posts]
19th June 2012 - 23:27


hope you're on the mend.

the best place to go for advice on how to claim for potholes is on motoring websites, there's plenty of good ones.

the basic requirement for a successful claim is that the council have been negligent in their inspection schedule of the road, or they've been notified that the pothole exists and is dangerous, and they haven't acted to fix it. you'll need to submit a FOI request to determine whether that's the case

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7699 posts]
20th June 2012 - 8:36


Get the pic taken, all too often they mysteriously 'go away' very quickly and without notice when someone's crashed etc.

Hope you're feeling better soon, sounds nasty.

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice...

posted by notfastenough [3602 posts]
20th June 2012 - 9:56


Managed to take pictures yesterday, will try and ring BCF today if I feel up for it. Grim reality has kicked in now

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posted by onlyonediane [167 posts]
21st June 2012 - 6:27


it's a good idea to look on to see if it's been reported. there's a very useful step-by-step guide at that outlines the council's responsibilities and what you can do to check whether they've been meeting them. good luck...

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7699 posts]
21st June 2012 - 7:14