Cath and Lindon Henry, an elderly couple from Hanley, were walking to Gala Bingo when they fell after tripping on pavement outside Wilkinson’s in Stafford Street. Both broke their hips in the accident, and were taken to hospital by ambulance, where they will be spending weeks recovering at opposite ends of the same hospital ward.
The couple, both in their 80s, were injured when Cath’s walking stick became wedged in pavement grooves designed for the visually impaired. The couple had earlier linked arms and when Mr Henry tried to save his wife, they both fell. Mr Henry commented, “The pavement there is very bumpy and it is bad for disabled people trying to walk over it. The council wants to repair it. I know we’re not getting any younger, but when you walk on those grooves you’re over. I understand they need to be there, but it is terribly unstable for older people and those with walking sticks.”
Cath has had screws and pins in her leg, whilst Lindon has had hip replacement surgery, and it is unclear when they will be discharged from hospital. Councillor Ruth Rosenau of the transportation department, commented, “We worked closely with the RNIB, Guide Dogs UK and Action for Blind People in developing the improvement works and the raised surface along the edge of the paving area is necessary to distinguish between pedestrian and vehicle routes.”
Have you been injured in a slip, trip or fall?
If you have suffered a slip or trip and been injured, it’s important to assess why your accident happened, and a personal injury lawyer can help you to do this. For example, if, as in the story above, you’re an elderly person who was injured due to poor paving layout or damaged pavement, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries. Anyone of any age can be injured during a slip, trip or fall, but the elderly are more at risk, as they are more likely to suffer broken bones from a fall. So if you or someone you love has been injured, get in touch with a personal injury lawyer to find out if you could make a claim.
Source: Stoke Sentinel