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£14,000 compensation to pensioner following trip and fall

Posted in: Pothole Injuries Public Place Accidents Shoulder Injuries 

Thousands of pounds worth of compensation has been awarded to a pensioner who tripped and fell on an uneven road surface in Yeadon. The 88-year-old grandmother, Jean Whitters, sustained serious injuries in the accident on Yeadon High Street, and accepted £14,000 settlement from the authority. The accident happened in August of 2012, two years after the roads had undergone a £1million regeneration scheme.

Even though the regeneration scheme saw major improvements on the roads, councillors still argued that it was not up to standard. Following this, the roads were resurfaced again prior to Mrs Whitters’ accident.

Mrs Whitters had been crossing the road when the accident happened, with the poor road surface causing her to fall flat on her face. The accident was immediately reported to Leeds City Council, but they originally denied liability for the poor surface on that particular area of road.

Irreparable rotator cuff injury

Mrs Whitters has since been awarded £14,000 as the authority admitted it was at fault. The accident has left Mrs Whitters’ with an irreparable rotator cuff injury which means that daily household duties are exceedingly difficult to carry out.

Mrs Whitters said that she was pleased to be awarded with the settlement, but argued that the council handled the situation very poorly. She said: “They knew their roads were in an appalling condition but yet they tried to deny it”.

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