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March 26th 2012

Accidents in Public Places

Fall victim takes legal action against Hull City Council

Fall victim takes legal action against Hull City Council

A grandmother from East Hull is taking legal action against the city council for the injuries she suffered when she fell on an uneven pavement close to her home. Jean Stephenson, 58, was in plaster casts for weeks after breaking bones in both her hands and fracturing her elbow when she tripped in October 2011 on the Ings Road Estate. Her foot caught on a drain lid that was sunk 4 inches below the level of the pavement and she fell forward onto her arms. Mrs Stephenson also suffered a black eye and had to spend two nights in hospital. For several week's she relied on carers who visit her at her home four times a day.

A grandmother from East Hull is taking legal action against the city council for the injuries she suffered when she fell on an uneven pavement close to her home.

Jean Stephenson, 58, was in plaster casts for weeks after breaking bones in both her hands and fracturing her elbow when she tripped in October 2011 on the Ings Road Estate. Her foot caught on a drain lid that was sunk 4 inches below the level of the pavement and she fell forward onto her arms. Mrs Stephenson also suffered a black eye and had to spend two nights in hospital. For several week’s she relied on carers who visit her at her home four times a day.

Mrs Stephenson said: “It’s all been a dreadful shock. I had pots on both my arms and couldn’t use my hands. I couldn’t even make a cup of tea for myself. “I’ve lived here since I was 12 and it was such a lovely estate. Now it’s rubbish. The paths, pavements and roads are disgusting.

“I’m hoping that by taking legal action the council will wake up and do something to improve the area and make the place safe before someone else gets badly hurt.

”After my accident, the Council fixed the dangerous drain lid within two days so it shows they can do it when they want.”

Mrs Stephenson was urged by her brother to contact local personal injury and medical negligence specialists Hudgell Solicitors who have taken up her case.

Hudgell, Managing Director, said: “We’ll do everything we can to help Mrs Stephenson get the proper compensation she deserves for the injuries and inconvenience she suffered.

“Mrs Stephenson is not the only person who’s approached us recently with this type of complaint. We’re representing many other people in Hull and East Yorkshire who’ve been hurt because of hazardous road and pavement surfaces.”

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