A pensioner who fell on tools in Newcastle was left with considerable head injuries. Mary Riley needed to have 50 stitches inserted into her head following the accident. Workers had been fitting new doors in various locations throughout the sheltered accommodation where Ms Riley lives, near the St James’ Park area of the city. Unfortunately, she tripped and was hurt falling on tools including a shovel and a power saw, receiving terrible injuries running from her eyes to the top of her head. Management of Your Homes, who are responsible for the social housing, are investigating.
Ms Riley was left with a horrific facial laceration after the accident. Extensive stitching left a scar from her right eye to her skull. The pensioner had been diagnosed with cancer and was waiting to receive hospital treatment. She had been undergoing chemotherapy for a brain tumour, which had left her partially sighted. While this contributed to her fall, the crux of the problem was the fact that potentially dangerous items of equipment had been abandoned in an area where vulnerable people were moving around. In this instance, the victim had merely been making her way to the toilet.
Why falling on tools is so dangerous
This accident was particularly tragic because the person involved was already suffering from a medical condition. The injuries she sustained from the inadvertent stumble led to life-prolonging surgical treatment being delayed. The workers had a duty of care to ensure that all the tools they had been using had been removed — certainly not left in the path of an extremely vulnerable pensioner. This situation exposed a series of failings by the maintenance staff, but also supervisors in the home who have a responsibility for risk-assessing potential hazards.
The easy way to seek professional advice
If you have ever received injuries as a result of someone else’s negligence, you have every right to consider looking into the possibility of seeking recompense. Provided this happened within the past three years, Accident Advice Helpline would like to hear from you. By phoning our free contact number on 0800 689 0500, our compensation claims advisors will take all of your details and examine whether a claim can be made. We have been looking into cases just like yours, on behalf of clients just like you, for more than 15 years.
Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown