Wondering if I have a personal injury case against the local council after sustaining an injury to my knee. I was out walking and stumbled over the upraised lip of a concrete slab of footpath. The cartilage was split and I was unable to work following surgery for 3 months. Is my case likely to succeed, given that the council could reasonably be expected to know the state of their assets and likely risks to pedestrians? Not sure if the council employs an arborist to audit the effects tree roots are having on footpath slabs and so on. I reported the issue to council a few days later, and they firstly smoothed the slab with bitumen, to limit the likelihood of another person tripping. Then a couple of weeks later, the whole footpath was torn up and replaced by gravel. I took a photo of the slab the day I reported it, and sent it to council, so they could do something to prevent injury to others. At that time, I had no idea I would be heading for surgery myself over it. Thought the knee would settle down, but it was never going to with the internal injury sustained. Is a solicitor/lawyer likely to take on such a case on a no win no fee basis? Second scenario... Is it a good thing to represent myself, if no lawyer is interested? I am aware that there could be a view that I should have kept my eyes open, but the particular slab was not obvious to me, else I would not have tripped on it. No one looks at the ground and watches every single step they take. I have ongoing (pain) issues with the knee after 7 months, and am considerably out of pocket for wages and medical expenses. Is this something I can succeed with? We are a single income family, and this loss of income has hurt us badly.