Oadby and Wigston accident claims against the local council
The local district of Oadby and Wigston is the site of an unfortunate incident where a 59 year-old woman died from carbon monoxide poisoning. The accident occurred in December 2012 when the woman burned charcoal on her own gas hob using a gas cylinder to heat her council bungalow. The woman did not have power to use any heating devices as it had been cut off for non-payment and her gas plate had been in disrepair for months.
Some have criticised the government as the woman was on benefit payments and had been having troubles receiving them when the incident happened. Also, as she was living in a council bungalow, the local council is effectively her landlord.
The coroner has stated that the council should not be blamed for the woman’s death as the woman has not accepted support from the Oadby and Wigston Borough Council in regards to her situation and heart disease had also played a role in her unfortunate death.
The woman’s family have made a statement that they intend to make a compensation claim against the local council after hearing the details of the inquest into her death at the Leicester Town Hall.
At the inquest, it was revealed that a council gas contractor had come to the woman’s council bungalow in September to repair her gas plate but she refused entry to the contractor.
He told the inquest that she didn’t care if a new boiler was installed to repair her gas cooker. No further appointments or follow-up was made by the council after this incident. Furthermore, the woman’s daughter detailed her mother’s health and mobility issues that resulted in her being transferred to the council bungalow in 2005.
A housing support officer was assigned to her housing complex but she refused to accept the care plan offered by the council officers on multiple occasions. After the completion of the inquest, her daughters detailed that her mother’s health problems had only been an issue later in her life.
If you are in a similar situation where you believe that an organisation has acted negligently then make Oadby and Wigston accident claims with Accident Advice Helpline.
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Accident Advice Helpline can be reached on the relevant phone numbers 0800 689 0500 and 0333 500 0993. A friendly adviser will take your call and determine if you can make Oadby and Wigston accident claims for your particular incident.
Date Published: 3rd January 2015
Author: David Brown