Barrow pensioner shaken by pavement fall ordeal
Last updated at 17:07, Monday, 06 January 2014
A BARROW pensioner is threatening to sue after his 69-year-old wife was left with a broken nose, a fractured hand and cuts and bruises after falling on what he claims was an unstable pavement.
Frank Christian said his wife Gladys has been left extremely shaken by the incident near The Forum, Barrow, just after Christmas.
The 70-year-old took photographs of where he claimed his wife fell and of her facial injuries.
The furious pensioner said he went to the town hall on Monday to formally complain and to say he was going to take legal action but it was shut.
Mr Christian, of Salthouse Road, said he received a call from a member of the public on Saturday morning at about 11.30am.
He said: “[Gladys] was out shopping when she tripped on a pavement and fell. She broke her nose, fractured her hands and grazed her knees.
“She was taken to hospital and we were there all day while they checked her over.
“A good Samaritan called me and said an ambulance was on its way and I went straight to the hospital.
“I went to the town hall but it was shut. I wanted an apology and to tell them I was suing.
“The paving stones look OK until you stand on them and then they are like a seesaw.
“I want people to be aware of these paving stones. There are two outside The Forum and one between there and Wilkinsons. We don’t want anyone else getting hurt.
“Gladys has been left really badly shaken by this.”
A spokesman for Cumbria County Council said: “An engineer has been to look and found a couple of loose flagstones and the area will be made safe as soon as possible.
“We will be liaising with Barrow Borough Council.”
First published at 16:05, Monday, 06 January 2014
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Steve. You think there is a maintenance plan for the pavements.? I,ve not
seen any evidence of one. The only time the pavements are worked upon
are when the utility companies have dug them up or if the public ring the HIghways Emergency number if there are one or two uneven flags that are dangerous. Have you walked outside St Marks church in the past year. They are all loose.We are on a par with Benidorm.
Steve is this the same maintainance plan that caused the outbreak of Legionaires Disease.Where those responsible walked away scot free.No the council must be made to pay.
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