A Lincolnshire cyclist who suffered shoulder and back injuries, after riding his bike into a pothole, has launched a legal battle for compensation.
The Sleaford Standard is reporting that twenty two year old William Gilbert, of Juniper Way, in Sleaford, was cycling along London Road, in the town, when his mountain bike was forced into the pothole by a passing vehicle.
Mr. Gilbert told the newspaper that he damaged his shoulder and aggravated an old back injury, after hitting the pothole, which he claims was at least four inches deep.
He has now launched a claim for cycle accident compensation against Lincolnshire County Council, claiming that his health and future career prospects have been compromised by the accident, which he says has also left him with depression.
According to council records the stretch of road close to the ‘Welcome to Sleaford’ sign, where the accident took place, was inspected by council workers and deemed to be safe only days before Mr. Gilbert was injured.
Fortunately Mr. Gilbert took photographic evidence of the offending pothole shortly after his crash, which showed it to be at least four inches deep.
The council is now saying that the condition of the pothole must have drastically deteriorated not long after the last inspection, however Mr. Gilbert’s legal team described this as being ‘unlikely’.
A spokesperson from the council stated that it would not be appropriate to comment, as they were still in negotiations with the cyclists’ solicitors.